The world lost a loved and giving person on Easter weekend when Earl Detrich, of Springfield, Ohio, and Courtyard at The Seasons of Cincinnati, passed away at age 81 after a long, valiant fight against an aggressive form of cancer. Earl came to accept his illness with courage and dignity that should inspire us all. However, his family and friends in Heaven are in for a happy reunion and lots of good conversation. Earl will always be remembered for his storytelling - he knew many that he loved to share.
Earl was born in Cleveland and moved to Huron in the 7th grade, where he met his future bride Janet, whom he married in 1955. After graduation from Huron High School, Earl earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1957 from The Ohio State University, where he was a proud member of Chi Phi Fraternity. He later earned an electrical engineering degree as well. Earl moved to Springfield in 1960 where he lived, raised five children and was a devoted member of First Lutheran Church since 1962.
After his retirement from engineering, Earl remained very active with his other “jobs”- many volunteer positions in Springfield. Earl said he is most proud of his family, friends and the good he did for others who were less fortunate. One of the things he will always be remembered for is how whenever he gave his grandchildren gifts of cash, he asked them to give a portion to someone less fortunate. What a great legacy.
Earl enjoyed and gave much of his time - over 1,000 hours per year - in his many volunteer jobs and officer positions with St. Luke’s Mission, Knights of Pythias KP 610 of Ingomar, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, St. Johns Food Bank, and the Springfield Arts Council. As a 52-year member of First Lutheran Church he served on many committees there over the years. Before his retirement he held officer positions in various engineering groups.
Earl is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Janet Davis Detrich and their five children, Cindy (Chip) Burell of Louisville, Ky., Dr. Daniel Earl (Diane) Detrich of Mansfield, Susan (Albert) Asebrook of Kettering, Ohio, Beth Detrich (and his “grand-dog” Wyatt) of Cincinnati, and Tena (Jeff) Pace of Dublin. One of Earl’s greatest joys was his ten grandchildren, Christena Burell, Matt Bowman, Jennifer Detrich Smith (Alvin), Jon Detrich (Amanda), Ellie Detrich, Elliott Detrich, Maddie Asebrook, Andrew Asebrook, Gillian Pace, and Will Pace. Earl’s two cancer treatment goals were to attend both Jennifer and Jon’s weddings in late 2013. He made it and he and Janet danced at both weddings. Earl is also survived by brother, Sam Detrich (Martha, nieces Patti Detrich Barszcz, Karen Detrich Gearns, and nephew Brian Detrich); and sister-in-law, Jean Davis Howard (nephew Jeff Howard and niece Jan Howard Simsa).
Earl was preceded in death by his beloved twin sister, Maggie Detrich Schuler; brother-in-law, Jim; and niece, Wendy Schuler Young; his parents, Earl Emerson and Virginia (Carroll) Detrich; his in-laws, Ray and Gladys (Wahlers) Parman; brother-in-law, Sid Howard; and "grand-pets” Max and Elmo.
Earl and his family would like to thank all of his friends, neighbors and medical people who helped him and allowed him to enjoy many months of extra life. As per Earl’s wishes, his body was donated to Wright State University School of Medicine.
If desired, any expressions of sympathy or memorials can be made to First Lutheran Church in Springfield.
A celebration of Earl’s life will be held on May 24.
He will be fondly remembered but greatly missed as a husband, father, friend, volunteer and patient. Earl asked that we celebrate life, not mourn his passing and to please remember to help others less fortunate. Also he said, “O-H…I-O. GO BUCKEYES! GO REDS!”