DOVER - Truman Charles 'T.C.' Richard, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Dec. 4, 2012. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he grew up in Templeville, Md., graduating at the top of his class from Greensboro High School in 1935. He then lived in Akron for most of his life. Truman served as a corporal in the National Guard, and after serving he received a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Richard was a registered professional engineer for the State of Ohio, and retired from Goodyear Aerospace as Plant Engineer after 43 years of service. His love of life and anything or everything he could experience always put a smile on the face of everyone who ever met him! Including, but not limited to Studebakers in his early years, golf, euchre, and traveling to Norway with his sister Dorothy, Tahiti with his brother Bill, Alaska, and the Panama Canal while videotaping everything. Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean; loving companion, Marilyn Culler; brothers, Bill, Harvey, Carlton, Alfred and George; and sisters, Beatrice and June, he is survived by sons, Truman "Lee" (Marian), and Charles "Arthur" (Christel); daughter, Esther Anna (Jeff) Chandler; granddaughter, Katie Faith Chandler; brothers, Mervin (Betty Mae) and Jimmy (Betty); sisters, Bette Fox, Dorothy Shahan and Kathryn (Henry) Covington; and many cousins and friends, including the family of Marilyn Culler. The family would like to extend special thanks to Carolee Weigand for her love and support, and Dr. Mark Smith and Dr. Roger Chaffee for their care of Truman. Funeral service Saturday, 11 a.m. at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd., Akron, Ohio 44312, with Pastor Cary Wadle officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Acute Palliative Care Unit Donor Wall, c/o Summa Foundation, 525 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44304; or Rockynol Retirement Community; 1150 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
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Published in NewsZapDE on Dec. 6, 2012