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Gingher, Richard
1930 - 2018
The Rev. Richard H. Gingher, age 87, of Toledo, died Wednesday, February 20, 2018. From 1963 until his retirement in 1991 he served as a chaplain at the Toledo Mental Health Center. He was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1930, the son of Paul R. Gingher and Anna Elizabeth Hammond, and graduated from The Upper Arlington High School in 1948. He attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, in 1953. Prior to his ordination to the Episcopal priesthood he served as a summer supply lay reader in St. Andrew's Episcopal Mission, Tetlin, Alaska in 1956, and as an assistant to the Chaplain of the Westminster Foundation (Presbyterian student fellowship) of the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1961 he graduated from Bexley Hall, the Divinity School of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. He was ordained a deacon in 1961, and to the priesthood in 1962 and served as an assistant minister in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio until 1963, when he became a chaplain at the Toledo Mental Health Center. He also served as the Priest-in-Charge of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Mission in Swanton, Ohio, from 1963 to 1965. Since 1991 he worked as a supply priest for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio serving churches in Tiffin, Norwalk, Port Clinton, Monroeville and locally and also for the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska. During his chaplaincy at the Toledo Mental Health Center he was a founder of the Alcoholic Treatment Unit, later known as Serenity Hall from 1965-1981; Director of the Women 's Alcoholic Unit (Serenity House) from 1970-1972; and a founder of the Substance Abuse Program from 1986-1991. His community activities included involvement with the Daytonview Neighborhood Council, Dayton, Ohio, and in Toledo as a consultant to the Alcohol Education Program of the Toledo Municipal Court; the Toledo Big Brothers Association, the Greater Toledo Mental Health Association; a charter member of the board of the Toledo Halfway House residence for Alcoholic Rehabilitation (the Christoff and Morley Houses, now known as COMPASS, Inc.); Rescue, Inc. (Suicide Prevention and Emergency Counseling); Citizens Aiding Public Offenders; Jail Action Improvement League; Mayors-Citizens Advisory Committee on Alcoholic Rehabilitation; Men's Social Services Committee of the Salvation Army; Northwestern Ohio Regional Council on Alcoholism: and for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio; a Regional Diocesan Chaplain, and a member of the Bishop 's Advisory Committee on Aspirants for the Ministry. He was nominated as a Big Brother of the Year (with four other men) in 1966 and a nominee for the Jefferson Award (WTVG-Channel 13) in 1981. He was selected as the Employee of the Year at the Toledo Mental Health Center in 1983, and the Volunteer of the Year in 1992. In 1988, the Gingher Memorial Chapel was dedicated at the Mental Health Center. He served on the boards of The Open Door Ministry (a halfway house for men with substance abuse problems), and of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/ Northwest Ohio. He was a member since 1965 of the Toledo Tennis Club and later of other tennis facilities. He is survived by his sister, Sue Gingher Hutchinson, her daughters, Amy (Charles) Daruda and their children, Jacob and Daniel; Stephanie Carper and her children, Jocelyn, Jillian and Courtney, all of Columbus, Ohio; his dearest friend, Jack (Mary) Brentlinger of Toledo, Ohio. He also wants to express his gratitude and blessing to his dearly beloved Friends, colleagues, and mentors in the Church, the mental health and alcoholic treatment communities (patients and professionals), the lovers and players of tennis, and to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous for their guidance, love, support and friendship, and for taking him into their lives and hearts and arms and for having enriched his life beyond description. God bless you all. I love you. Family has entrusted SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL with final arrangements. Dick will be inurned in both Columbus, Ohio and Toledo, Ohio. To share a favorite memory of Dick, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 5, 2018
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