Julian Richey, age 86 of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 16, 2020 at The Laurels of Defiance.
He was born on November 16, 1933 to the late William and Mildred (Deffinderfer) Richey in Shadyside, Ohio. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On August 25, 1957 he married Elaine (Cottrell) Richey, who preceded him in death on December 18, 2011. On April 24, 2014 he married Marilyn (Washler) Richey, who resides in Defiance.
Julian was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Defiance Masonic Lodge. He sang with the Northwesternaires Barbershop Chorus, and was a member of the Fort Defiance Players. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Indiana Technical College and worked in management at Johns Manville for several years until his full retirement from teaching at Northwest State Community College. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends.
Julian is survived by his wife Marilyn, his sons; Bruce (Jeanne) Richey of Columbus, Brent Richey of Fairbanks, Alaska, his daughters; Victoria Hull, Cheryll (Robert) Ankney, Trella (Hop) Eberhard, and Sandra Pumphrey, twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis Clouser, and Elaine Richey, mother of Bruce and Brent.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Trinity United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow at 1:00 pm at the church, with Rev. Maurice Dunn officiating. Responsible virus prevention measures are encouraged. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery in Hicksville, Ohio at a later date. Schaffer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to The Kidney Foundation.
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