PEORIA - Richard "Rick" Rellihan, 67, of Findlay, Ohio, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at his residence.
He was born on July 11, 1946, in Peoria, Ill., to the late John and Mildred (Muthers) Rellihan. He is survived by his wife, Susan "Sue" Turner of Peoria Heights, Ill., whom he married on Feb. 15, 1969, and they were married for 44 years.
He also is survived by a brother, John "Jack" (Shirley) Rellihan of Morton, Ill.; four nephews, Michael (Kristen) Rellihan of Bel Air, Md., Doug (Chris) Haley of Peoria, Ill., Daniel (Nikki) Haley of Mapleton, Ill., and Dirk (Nichole) Haley of Dunlap, Ill.; and great-nieces and nephews, Kellan, Meghan, Patrick, Matthew, Mary Kate, Gage, Hope, Seth and Payton.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Rellihan Haley.
Rick graduated from Spalding Institute in 1964 and from Bradley University with a BA in Business in 1968, both in Peoria, Ill.
He was in the Special Forces Unit in the Army Reserves in Peoria, Ill., and later transferred to the Iowa National Guard.
He worked for Goodyear Tire Company in Clinton, Iowa; sales for the Keebler Cookie Company in Peoria, Ill.; and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Peoria, Ill. He also started working for Ashland Oil Company in Illinois and worked in the following positions: Ashland, Ky., with E.E.O. and Employee Benefits; Lexington, Ky., for eight years in Employee Benefits; Houston, Texas, with Scurlock Petroleum (Ashland Petroleum Division) for eight years as a personnel manager; Findlay, Ohio, with MAP with employee benefits; and Marathon, starting in January of 1999. He took an early retirement in November of 1999 at the age of 53, with 33 years of service.
While living in Kentucky, Rick and Sue spent 12 terrific years boating on the Ohio River. They made many great friends there.
Rick belonged to the American Legion Ralph D. Cole Post 3 and the DAV Post 43, both in Findlay.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home in Findlay. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, Ill., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Patient Services of Findlay, Bridge Home Health and Hospice and/or the
Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.
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