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Richard E. Newsted, 58, of Liberty Township, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born on October 28, 1957 in Valparaiso, Indiana, the son of the late Richard L. and Mary Ann (Buckles) Newsted. Rich is survived by his wife and soul mate, Dawn (Ragsdale) Newsted and his beloved children, Rachel Newsted, Alex Newsted, Boston Ford and Logan Ford. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia (Newsted) VandeVelde. Uncle Dick is survived by many nieces and nephews, along with other family and friends. Rich received a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1979. His love of Notre Dame was contagious to anyone who knew him and evident in all that he did. Go Irish! Rich's career was largely based in the automotive and steel industries, culminating as the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Automotive Systems in Detroit. He had more than 30 years of senior executive and broad-based management experience. He was also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Cash Manager. His career concluded by serving as a highly sought after restructuring advisor to a number of corporate boards of directors. A celebration of Rich's life will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Hodapp Funeral Home. Family and friends may call on the family at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044. Visitation will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 12:00 p.m. Contributions in Rich's memory may be made to American Heart Association.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 12, 2015.
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November 13, 2015
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
November 13, 2015
My deepest Condolences to his family
November 12, 2015
Sadness and sorrow is how I feel after hearing of Rich's passing. He was a wonderful Husband, Dad, Brother and Son along w/ being a fantastic Uncle. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. Dawn, Patti, Rachel and Alex, may you all remember the wonderful moments that he shared with each of you, as I and all of his friends will do as well. May he RIP with a keen eye on the Irish!
Bob Mertz
November 12, 2015
Rich served on our board at OHL and was a great guy in every respect. He showed up with a smile on his face with an intent to make a difference. We are so sorry for the loss his family is going through as no doubt he has left a big hole in every heart. Randall E. Curran CEO OHL
November 12, 2015
Ron Short
November 12, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to Rich's family.
Rich was a great co-worker over the years at National Steel and a good friend as well.
Bob Earl
November 12, 2015
Prayers to Rich's family. I graduated High Shool with Rich and we were roommates at Ball State.
Mike Potee
November 12, 2015
My deepest sincere condolences to Patty and his family. I am deeply sadend by this news. Rich and I were classmates from the 4th grade. We attended Ball State together. God Bless you my friend.
Rob Rogers
November 12, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Newsted family. Rich was a good friend from childhood days and junior high basketball in Valpo. He was smart, nice and kind. May you remember the great times and be strong enough to handle this unexpected loss.
Jim Woodruff
November 12, 2015
So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Hang in there Patty. My heart goes out to you and Rich's family at this terrible time.
John Dobbins
November 12, 2015
So very sorry to hear of Rich's passing, Dawn.My deepest sympathy to you & his family and friends. Wes & I will keep all of you in our daily prayers.Love, Wes & Terri Loyd.
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