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Richard Robert HARWOOD

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He loved them all and especially adored his last dog, Lucy. Dick also loved his last pet -- a mischievous, fanged cat named Cole. Dick enjoyed traveling with his family, whether it was their first vacation to St. Louis or to visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains or to travel to Florida, as they did nearly every summer. When Dick worked for SuperValu, he traveled a lot, and would always bring a T-shirt back from wherever he was for granddaughter Tiffany. They had a special bond. Dick loved to take Tiffany fishing in Florida -- even if they didn't catch any fish! He taught her how to bake, and they loved to laugh together, as he would try to reduce large bakery-sized batch recipes down to smaller ones. Dick had a great sense of humor. He loved to tell jokes and play practical jokes. Years ago, there was a man who worked for Dick at the bakery. He would take his shoes off at the front door so they wouldn't get covered with sugar glaze. When he finished for the day, he went to the front door and slipped his feet into his shoes. But, Dick had nailed them to the floor! He loved to laugh -- and he loved to make people laugh! Dick shared laughs with many -- especially with three dear friends who served on the USS Randolph. After his service in the Navy until he died, Dick remained close with Jerre Groff from Lancaster, PA, who served on the ship with him; John Crowell from Ocean Springs, MS; and Tim Colvard from Fort Payne, AL. They were special friends. Dick's health started declining in 2006. Though his eyesight deteriorated and his mobility diminished, he never gave up and never complained. He was always appreciative of those who helped him. His spirit remained bright and his sense of humor intact. Dick Harwood was a fine man -- gracious, kind-hearted, fun-loving, generous, and loyal. He will be deeply missed, but always remembered. Dick is preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dick and Jean DeWine, and his brother-in-law Jerry DeWine. He is survived by his wife Mickey; daughter Rhonda (Roger) Burba; granddaughter Tiffany Burba; great-granddaughter Tiana Douglas; sisters Nadine (Lewis) Richards and Connie Harris; brothers James (Sharon) Harwood and Gary (Sharon) Harwood; sister-in-law Polly DeWine; Mickey's nephew Mike (Fran) DeWine and their children; three cousins; and several nieces and nephews. Dick's family would like to thank the staff on the skilled nursing wing at Villa Springfield for being so kind to Dick and for their compassionate care. They would also like to thank Jeanie Pollack, who helped care for Dick for many years. He adored her. The family will hold a private burial at Clifton Union cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Clark County Humane Society, 5201 Urbana Road, Springfield, OH 45502. You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com


Published in Springfield News-Sun on Mar. 2, 2014
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