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Richard W. Fern, age 73, a native and lifelong resident of Toledo, passed away peacefully in the early morning on February 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by loving family. Richard was born November 20, 1940, to the late Wilbur and Lucille (Layman) Fern.
Richard attended Cedar Creek Church in West Toledo and was an avid sports fan; his favorite teams being the New York Yankees, Detroit Lions and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He also enjoyed reading in his free time. Richard will be remembered for his strength and courage in battling cancer on six different occasions. He used his experiences to try to help others as the facilitator for Man to Man Prostate Cancer Survivors Group at St. Anne Hospital.
Richard was a compassionate and affectionate man, extremely devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a true family man, finding great enjoyment attending his grandchildren's sporting events and taking in the musical abilities of his daughters and granddaughter. His presence will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of over 51 years, Margo (Masney) Fern; beloved daughters, Heidi (Jeff) Clausius, Heather (Brandon) Ward, Leslie Fern and Gretchen (Joe) Lapham; the six grandchildren whom he adored, Allison and Max Clausius, Ethan and Molly Ward, William and Jack Lapham, and sister, Barbara (Dick) Palmer. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert and a son, Richard on the same date, February 12, forty-seven years ago.
Visitation is Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Hope Lutheran Church, 2201 Secor Rd., Toledo. Committal will be private.
In memory of Richard, the family requests, in lieu of flowers and donations, that friends offer an act of kindness to someone in need.
A special thank you to: Mercy St. Anne Cancer Center and Dr. Nasfat Shehadeh; Sue and Stephaney at Neuro ICU at St. V's; Hospice of NW Ohio and all their wonderful caregivers. Richard was blessed with compassionate care by all.
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Till death do us part. M.
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 13, 2014
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623