Elrod, Richard

Written by David Green.

Richard L. Elrod, 71, of Wauseon,  Ohio, died July 8, 2010, at Heartland of Wauseon, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Richard was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on June 20, 1939, the son of the late David and the late Clara L. (Conley) Elrod. On Oct. 27, 1956 he married Carol L. Morgan, and she survives.

Prior to his retirement, he had owned and operated Mustang Printing in Wauseon and Turkeyfoot Printing in Napoleon

He was a former Citizen of the Year in Wauseon and was active in the Wauseon Rotary Club and the Wauseon Elks. He was a member and former chairman of the Wauseon Homecoming Committee, a member of the Wauseon Bi-Centennial Committee, a member of the Eaton Springs Society, and a past-president of the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce.

He was also active with the Republican Party, past-president of many civic organizations in Wauseon, a member of the Wauseon Masonic Lodge (F & AM), and the Zenobia Shriners in Toledo. Some of his favorite times were when he had been in charge of the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce’s Gingerbread House.

Richard enjoyed his grandchildren, golf, and coin collecting. He also served on numerous advisory boards for the F & M State Bank. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and Ashland College.

Surviving besides his wife, Carol, are two sons, Rick (and Anna) Elrod of Sylvania, Ohio, and David Elrod of Wauseon; and four grandchildren, Alec Elrod and Mackenzie Elrod of Sylvania, and Joey and Nicky Elrod of Wauseon.

Funeral services will be private without a visitation. Interment will be in the Wauseon Union Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to help someone who really could use it, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were handled by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon.

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