Howard R. Kanniard, age 78, of Marengo died Wednesday May 15, 2013 in the Marion General Hospital. He was born July 16, 1934 in Westfield to the late John S. and Adah M. ( Claypool ) Kanniard.
Dick was a 1954 graduate of Elm Valley High School and then served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was a machinist at H.P.M. and Marion Power Shovel and ran an auto repair business at his home. He was a member of the Central Ohio National Road Good Sam's Club, Chapter # 14. Dick was a well-known ""practical joker"" and liked nothing more than pulling a joke on his family and friends.
Survivers include Dick's children: Ronald ""Ronnie"" Kanniard of Cardington, Lucille ""Lucy"" Kanniard and Becky Garcia both of Delaware; eight grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; companion, Nancy Ray of Marengo; brothers and sisters, Irene Kanniard of Ashley, Staca Eugene of Johnstown, Maxine Hienz of Orrville, Harold (Mary) Kanniard of Bradford, Catherine (Fred) Craley of Granville, Evelyn Headrick of Waldo, Ruth Davis of Edison, Dorothy (Dick) Hill of Jacksonville, FL., Pauline (Dave) Davis of Columbus, and Bill Kanniard of Ashley and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his son John Kanniard, brothers Bob and John Kanniard, and sister Doris Kanniard.
Friends may call Friday May 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Gompf Funeral Home in Cardington. Dick's funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home and the burial will follow in Ashley Cemetery with full military honors.
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