Richard Harden Valentine, 94, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born on January 3, 1919 in Stoutsville Ohio to the late Floyd and Bess Valentine. He is a former resident of Stoutsville Ohio, Circleville Ohio, Sandusky Ohio, Elyria Ohio, Parma Heights, Ohio and Canton Michigan.
Richard was valedictorian for his 1936 Clearcreek Twp. High School graduating class. He earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Capital University in 1941 where he was a member of the Chapel Choir under the direction of Ellis Snyder. He also earned a Master's degree in Education in 1952 from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Valentine was a WWII Army veteran serving his country from 1941 through 1945, spending 2 years in the south pacific theater on Tongareva Atoll. After his honorable discharge from the army in 1945, he started his 30 year teaching career in Walnut Twp. Pickaway County Ohio Schools as a music instructor. He also taught music in Erie County Ohio Schools, and Elyria Ohio Public Schools. He taught elementary education in Columbia Stations Ohio Schools, Avon Ohio Schools, and Avon Lake Ohio Schools. Richard merited the Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award while teaching in Avon Lake, an award he cherished very much.
He was married to Marvine Stuckey for 40 years from August 2, 1947 until her death in 1987 and married to Lucy Brunotts for 5 years from November 11, 1993 until her death in 1998.
Richard loved music, composing several songs, musicals and directing choirs. He was choir director for St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sandusky, Ohio and Emanuel Lutheran Church Elyria, Ohio. He was music director for the American Theater Choir in Elyria Ohio and for PTA MG Productions in Avon Lake Ohio. He also loved entertaining people by playing the piano. He especially enjoyed playing for fellow seniors at the Greenbriar Parma Ohio and Waltonwood – Carriage Park, Canton Michigan.
Richard was a life member of the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association and VFW Post 1079 Elyria Ohio.
Richard is survived by daughter Rebecca (John) Zadnik of Parma Ohio; son Stephen (Sharlene) Valentine of Canton, Michigan; step daughter Phyllis Phillips of Lorain, Ohio; sister Mary Caroline (Robert) Bieber of Columbus Ohio; granddaughter Elaine Zadnik; grandson Daniel Valentine; many nieces, nephews and step grandchildren.
Besides wives Marvine and Lucy he was preceded in death by his Parents Floyd L. and Bess (nee Harden) Valentine and sister Phyllis (Carl) Younkin.
Arrangements handled by the Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake, Ohio. A Graveside service will be Saturday, August 3 at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
Published in The Morning Journal on Aug. 1, 2013
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