Richard “Twigs” C. Weichel, 64, of Sandusky, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday evening, May 31, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 31, 1949, in Sandusky, to Willis F. and Della M. (Sarr) Weichel. Richard was a 1967 graduate of Sandusky High School. He apprenticed at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field as an aeronautical engineer. He then worked for NASA Plum Brook, where he helped in the development of the Saturn V rocket for the Apollo space program. Richard then worked for New Departure until his retirement in 2001.
Richard loved fishing, camping, performance vehicles, the Cleveland Indians, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, AMVETS Post 17, and many other groups and fraternal clubs. His late wife, Susan, was everything to him.
Richard is survived by his brothers, Jim (Cheryl) Weichel, Bob (Debbie) Weichel, and Don (Cheryl) Weichel, all of Sandusky; nieces, Amy Krogh of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Jennifer Weichel of Sandusky, Becky Sahadi of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Carolyn and Stephanie Weichel, both of Columbus, Ohio; nephew, Steven Weichel, of Columbus; and aunt, Elnora Ferrell of Sandusky.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan L. Weichel, on September 13, 2008.
Friends may call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Memorial services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church, Rev. John Mawhirter will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling arrangements. Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family at toftfh.com.