Richard Arthur Nath, 66, of Norwalk and Clewiston, Fla., and formerly of Sandusky, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Fisher-Titus Memorial Center, Norwalk.
He was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Sandusky, to Elizabeth (Claus) and Harold Joseph Nath. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School, and was employed by Mark's Market, Mark's Pick-n-Pay, Scott Paper, Galloway Brothers, and American Quality Stripping, and retired from Hoppers Home Center MHD Corp. in January 2000.
He attended St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Clewiston, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sandusky. He was a member and very active in the Men's Auxiliary of the VFW Post 4185, Clewiston, and was past member of the Orioles Club, Sandusky.
He bowled in the Late Comer's League and also played dart ball in many leagues in the Sandusky area. He was an avid racing fan, and drag raced at the Norwalk Speedway, drove stock cars on dirt and asphalt racing at the Fremont and Sandusky tracks.
He drove NASCAR at North Carolina's Lowe's Charlotte Speedway at the Richard Petty School with a top speed of 148 mph.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Ida Mae (Heiberger) Ruggles Nath; his daughter, Jennifer Lynn Nath of Clyde; his mother, Elizabeth of Sandusky; two sisters, Mary Ann (Kenny) Pelz and Darlene Koehler, both of Sandusky; a brother, Donald (Rose) Nath of Sandusky; his first wife, Susan Bilbrey of Clyde; a stepdaughter, Loretta Ann (Rick) Sharp of Castalia; a stepson, George Allen (Beth) Ruggles of Sandusky; two granddaughters, Samantha Sharp of Castalia and Jessica Ruggles of Sandusky; three grandsons, George Allen Ruggles Jr. and Zachary Ruggles, both of Sandusky and Austin Sharp of Castalia; and three great-grandsons, Samuel, Allen and Tyler Ruggles, all of Sandusky.
His father, Harold Joseph Nath, preceded him in death in 1974.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Burial will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to North Coast Cancer Center, 417 Quarry Lakes Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.