TROY - Richard Stalder, 85, of Troy, Ohio, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Koester Pavilion, Troy.
She was born March 1, 1928, in Chauncey, Ohio, to the late Hollis Virgil and Dorothy (Russell) Stalder.
He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Laurie Stalder.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Lou (Kittle) Stalder; daughters, Debbie and her husband John Adams of Columbus, Cris and her husband Kazem Hayat of Kuwait, Marcie and her husband Mike Griesmeyer of Tipp City; brother, Sam Virgil (Edna) Stalder of Athens, Ohio; along with six grandchildren, Dan and Jim Adams, Lauren and Gavan Griesmeyer, Lamia Hayat and Laila Hayat and her husband Hani El-Azem.
Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He attended Cal-Aero School, Pasadena, Calif., and was a retired aeronautical engineer from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
He was an Army "train engineer" quite by accident. When asked by his superiors what his previous profession was, he stated, "an engineer," (he meant aeronautical) they assumed he meant he drove a train, so in the Army, he operated a locomotive.
He also was a Mason 3rd degree and enjoyed flying model remote controlled airplanes.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, with the Rev. Phyllis Meiring officiating.
Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Contributions may be made in memory of Richard to Hospice of Miami County.
Online condolences may be made at www.fringsandbayliff.com.