LIMA — Richard J. Dempsey, 66, passed away at 3 a.m. February 22, 2014 at his home.
He was born on May 17, 1947, in Cleveland, to William E. & Mary K. Hitlan Dempsey, who have preceded him in death. On June 29, 1974, he married Catherine J. Romp, who survives in Lima.
Richard received his master's degree from Bowling Green State University and his PhD in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was the Dean of Business at Lima Technical College from 1992-98. He then taught macro and micro economics at The Ohio State University – Lima from 2002-2014; and was coordinator the Adult Continuing Education for many years. Richard also proudly served in the United States Army from 1966, until being honorably discharged in 1970 as a Captain. He was an adventurous man who enjoyed camping and hiking. Richard will be remembered as a loving husband, supportive father to his daughter, best friend to his son, breakfast buddy to his grandson, and companion to his granddog, Marley. He truly was a wonderful provider, who always strove to be a role model.
Survivors also include two children, Ben Dempsey, of Lima, and Brianna Dempsey, of Columbus; a grandson, Bennie Dempsey, of Lima; a sister, MaryAnn Sadaoka, of Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii; a brother, Ralph Dempsey, of Pueblo West, Colorado; and a step-brother, Robert Hitlan, of Vermillion.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Benjamin Dempsey.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at CHILES – LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Military rites will begin at 8 p.m. by the VFW Post 1275 and the United States Army Honor Guard.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Allen County or Angels for Animals.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.