MONROE — Zachary Eugene Richard, age 25, of Monroe, formerly of Versailles, died 1:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, following a tragic pool accident while traveling home from a family vacation in Parris Island, S.C.
He was born the oldest child of Mark and Peggi (Pitsenbarger) Richard on Jan. 2, 1988, in Sidney. His parents survive in Versailles. He is also survived by brothers and sister, Jon, Roxanne and fiancé Russ Beisner, Dominic, Damien and Noah all at home in Versailles; grandparents Eugene and Dorothy Richard, Versailles, Floyd and Janet Pitsenbarger, Versailles, and special friend Gina Sabato.
Also surviving are aunts uncles, Angela and Ken Bertke, Maria Stein, Mary Jo and Al Puthoff, Russia, Gregory and Magdalena Richard, Versailles, Jane and Gary Mohler, Covington, Jacqueline and Doug Bruns, Versailles, Tony and Angela Richard, Minster, Annette and Todd Subler, Tipp City, Laura and Rodney Counts, Russia, Nicole and Eric Voisard, Russia, Sara and Mike Stueve, Russia, Jeff and Linda Pitsenbarger, Versailles, Polly Jo Pitsenbarger, Fort Worth, Texas, Julie and Rod Boring, Versailles, Mindy and Brian Smith, Fort Wayne, Ind., Patti and Clay Miller, New Baltimore, Mich., and 73 first cousins whom he loved dearly.
He attended St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia. He was a 2006 graduate of Versailles High School and a 2010 graduate of Xavier University, where he played baseball. He loved the outdoors and sports whether it be baseball, softball, kayaking, hiking, fishing, bowling, golf, cross fit or cooking. Basically he loved everything he tried and loved doing them with his countless number of friends. He was often referred to as a fun-loving "Gentle Giant" with his infectious smile and magnanimous personality. He was an employee with Medtech Associates as a sales representative.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at St. Remy Catholic Church, with the Rev. Frank Amberger celebrant. Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Russia, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Burial will take place in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Versailles Diamond Club. Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.