Richard W. Gettell Sr., of Sandusky, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2013, in Admiral’s Point Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Huron, following a brief illness.
He was born May 22, 1924, in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, and was a 1942 graduated of Lakewood High School and a graduate of Kent State University. Richard was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of WW II. He had lived in the Sandusky area since 1954. Richard was employed at Lorain Ford plant, retiring in 1987. Prior to that, he was a State Game Warden at Resthaven in Castalia.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved to read. Richard was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sandusky, Commodore Denig Post 83, American Legion, Elks Post 285, National Rifle Association, Erie County Conservation League and the Sandusky Orioles Club.
He is survived by four daughters, Donna (H. Brad) Featherston, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Denise (Bill) Rudolph and Jane (Shaun) Bickley, of Huron, and Joan Coressel, of Port Clinton; two sons, Richard (Linda) Gettell Jr. and Daniel Gettell, of Los Angeles; three stepdaughters, Michele (Robert) Gastier, of Sandusky, Mary Jo Hart, of Huron, and Marla (Randall) Troike, of Castalia; two stepsons, Michael J. Kish, of Sandusky, and Mark (Belinda) Kish, of Chicago; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois M. (Pfizenmayer) Gettell in 1987; his second wife, Mary Ellen (Furrow) Gettell in 1998; one grandson; and his parents, William and Vivian (Ritola) Gettell.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, until a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 216 Pennsylvania Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Kathleen F. Shuck will officiate. Private committal services for his family will take place at Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street, Suite 700, Washington D.C. 20005; The Cassondra D. Ground Memorial Fund, 8410 Patten Tract Road, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.