E. Richard Hottenroth

June 25, 1936 ‒ November 01, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Well-known and long-time Galion attorney, E. Richard Hotttenroth, 82, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018 at his Galion home.

He was born June 25, 1936 in Galion and was the son of the late Earl B. and Helen (King) Hottenroth. Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol M. (Damm) Hottenroth whom he married on August 23, 1959.

Richard was a 1954 graduate of Galion High School and continued his education at Capital University and finished with his law degree from The Ohio State University. He returned to Galion to practice law. During his career, Richard was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio in 1962, later admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and for the Southern District of Ohio, was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and Partner in the firm of Petri, Hottenroth, which later became Petri, Hottenroth, Garverick, which later became Hottenroth, Garverick, Tilson and Garverick and a long time member and past officer of the Crawford County Bar Association.

He was a very dedicated community servant to Galion and served on many boards of organizations through his life including being named Citizen of the Year by the Galion Area Betterment Commission in 1998, member and Chairperson of the Egbert M. Freese Foundation Board of Directors and Arthur J. Freese Foundation Advisory Committee, former Chairman and a 20 year member of the Galion Planning and Zoning Commission, either President, Director or Trustee of United Way Appeal, the Galion YMCA-Community Center, the Galion Community Hospital, the Galion Public Library, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Galion, Ohio, Gledhill Lumber and Components and Peace Lutheran Church.

Dick was an excellent woodworker and loved to fish. He was a loving husband, father and devoted grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Gail (Craig) Castro of Sunbury; sons David (Pamela) Hottentroth of New York City and Marc (Heather) Hottenroth of Lousiville, Kentucky; three grandchildren Jakob Hottenroth of Lousiville, Kentucky, Emil Hottenroth of New York City and Hayden Hottenroth of Lousville, Kentucky and two sisters Elaine Hottenroth and Nancy Herman both of Galion.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, 129 West Walnut Street, Galion, Ohio 44833 with Rev. Richard Genzman officiating. A celebration of life will follow the memorial service at the Aspen Terrace Club House.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation which supports the mission of Lakeside and where Dick and Carol’s summer home is, The Galion Community Theatre, in which Dick’s sisters are involved, or The Galion Public Library, which Dick’s grandfather was the builder when it was constructed and Dick’s love of reading in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Richard Hottenroth, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Please accept my condolences for your family for such a great loss. My prayers are with you always.

  • Dear Hottenroth family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you all.
    Angel ( Barb) Fitzpatrick.

  • This saddens me. My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this very sad time. Lots of memories with your family. Lisa Dye

  • Carol you and your family have my prayers. I have many good memories of working for and with Dick. He will be missed

  • We are so very sorry for your sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful person. Always very kind and pleasant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My prayers go out to entire family for your loss and I extend my deepest sympathy.
    Kim (Jenne) Bautz

  • Dear Friends & Family… Just a short note to pass along condolences, on the passing of Dick…I am always going to remember Dick Hottenroth… Dick was one of the regular morning crew at Mo’s in Uptowne Galion, back in the 80’s… We had so much fun, especially during that magical 1985 football season.. I will remember Dick for his fantastic fishing stories, his knowledge of Historic Galion, sports stories of galion high school in the 1950’s ( the day he pitched against Gates Brown ) & more…. Dick could really light up the room… Please be assured that all of Dick’s friends, & business colleagues will never forget him… Please accept our sympathy at this time…. Sincerely Davey Jones WQEL

  • Carol,

    Jim and I were so saddened to hear the news of Dick’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I worked with him when we were kids. He was a great support and stock holder in our business for over 60 years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family at this time. He will be missed greatly by many in Galion and the surrounding area. God keep you wrapped in his arms through out this time.He was a guidance and supporter to many.

  • So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Such a great man. Prayers to you all during this difficult time of sorrow.
    Brad and Janice Cass

  • To the Hottenroth Family,
    We were saddened to read about Dick’s passing. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Carol, David, Pamela, Marc, Heather, Gail and Craig, My heart goes out to you and I grieve with you for Dick. He was a wonderful, caring man and a ray of sunshine at Lakeside. You and he are all in my prayers, and he is in my heart.
    Love and hugs and remembering Dick with smiles, Susan Swanger

  • I worked with Dick for 43 years. His level-headed legal skills were awesome, but his wit and charismatic charm were even more outstanding. I learned a lot about lawyering from him, but his friendship is what has meant the most. His inspirational presence will remain with my family and me always.

  • My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Dick was a 1954 classmate and always was an asset to all of our events. His sense of humor and kindness to all will be greatly missed. He will always be remembered for his spirit and friendship. Galion has lost a great community giant. May God bless you all in this sad time.

    Edith Halsey Shroll (GHS classmate)

  • To the entire Hottenroth family,
    We were so sorry to read where Dick had passed away. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To Carol and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Dick will be remembered for his excellent service to his clients and his community. He and Ron shared many memories of playing on opposing high school baseball teams. He will be missed
    Ron and Sharon Redick
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Our sympathy goes out to all of Dick’s family and friends. Dick came into our family when Marc married Heather. We were welcomed into his family with openness and gracious hospitality. We came to know them better during our Lakeside visits. We have wonderful memories, and he will be missed. God bless you and hold you.

  • So sorry for your loss. I have his Red Ryder BB gun hanging in my foyer. He carved his initials “RH” in the stock.

  • Dear Hottenroth Family,
    My deepest sympathy at your loss. Love watching the family at Lakeside, walking into church, enjoying. May those precious memories comfort you at this time. You will all be in my prayers
    Jeanne Maxwell Vaughan

  • Dick is the first of my King first cousins to die. I have a picture from the 1950’s of a family picnic at our uncle Howard’s back yard, I am about 9 years old and am sitting beside Dick who was probably in high school; he is in a lively discussion with one of his sisters (disagreement whether it was Nancy or Elaine) and was probably teasing them or telling a joke. Dick was a great story teller and and always had a story or a kind word or a joke to tell. He was a good friend as well as a great cousin! He will be missed by me and many others! My love to his family.

  • Very sad to hear. I just saw Dick Wednesday night at Drug Mart. I hadn’t seen him for a long time. We had a nice talk about my mom and dad. He was a very nice gentleman. He will be missed.

  • Dear Carol and Family ,
    As a fellow lakesider and member of St. John Lutheran church, we send our sincere sympathy on the loss of Dick. He was a loving person with a warm smile to all who knew him. We will miss him! May our Lord bless you with the peace from above and enclose you with His loving arms around you to bring you comfort during the days ahead.
    Linda and Bill Smith

    • Carol and the Hottenroth Family:
      Words can’t express the sorrow we share with you with Dick’s passing! He was a great brother-in-law; so hard to believe we don’t have him anymore! All of you are in our prayers. Love Roger and Georgia

  • Dear Carol & Family,

    Dick was a multitalented man. I count it a tremendous privilege to have worked with him in my first two years of the practice of law. His guidance in those years was invaluable. Dick was always a straight-shooter in our 36 years of dealings. If he told me something, I could bank on it! He will be sorely missed by so many!

  • I worked for Dick as a secretary in the law firm of Petri, Hottenroth, and Garverick many, many years ago. But somehow, whenever I took a letter in shorthand from Dick, I always got so nervous and couldn’t make heads or tails of it once I left his office. I was so nervous because I just wanted to do the best job ever for him. He encouraged me always with that great smile and sense of humor. We trusted him as our family attorney for years, and we will feel the loss for a long time of a good friend, business associate, and trustworthy man. Our hearts go out to his family, knowing God will give you comfort in the days ahead.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Marsha and Glenn Cheesman

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Me and herb harden mowed grass for him and he was such a wonderful and pleasant person to be around he will be sadly missed

  • We are so sorry for your loss. What a great man. Sending prayers and love. Jeff and Nancy Germann.

  • He is gone too soon. We remember all the family reunions and family gatherings, his hunt for a long lost cousin, his sage advice about legal matters.There were many fun times fishing always good food. We are so sorry for your loss.
    With sympathy and prayers to All. Tom, Carol, A.J. and Paul Gillum

  • I married into the King family in 1968. I never dreamed that it would come with so many bonuses. My wife Carol, a doctor, lawyer, contractor, Carpenters, plumber-electrician and etc. (long list). Richard became like a big brother to me. Any time I had a question he was only a call away. I am sure their are a lot more out there like me. He surely is going to be missed. Tom Gillum

  • Carol and family,
    Our hearts hurt when we learned of Dick’s unexpected passing. We have known Dick all of our lives as a community businessman and friend of the city of Galion. He always went the extra mile to make people feel welcome and comfortable with his unforgettable smile and charming wit no matter the circumstances. Be comforted by the many friends and loved ones surrounding you at this time of great loss. His shining spirit will help lead the way for all of us.
    ❤️Lee Anne (Ritchey) and Terry Shifley

  • Dear Hayden,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandfather sounds like a really cool guy. Please know that I’ve said many prayers for you and your family this week. I’ll see when you get back.

    Love, Mrs. Trina Raker

  • At this tender time we send our sympathy in honor of a great man. We love you all and are so sorry. Bruce and Detra Bennett

  • To The Hottenroth Family:
    So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. He will be greatly missed by many.
    You are surrounded by love and prayers at this time in your lives.
    Marilyn E Ritzhaupt Andrade

  • Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I have always admired your loving and fun relationship with your parents. So glad I got to spend time with them the last time I was in Galion. Your dad always had a smile on his face and greeted us with such warmth. Losing a parent is so hard. His voice will forever be in your head and his love will always give you strength. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Dear Carol, David, Gail and Mark,
    We are stunned and profoundly saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. We have such happy memories of the times we spent in his company. He was smart and warm, fun and funny, and a genuinely good and kind person. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Saddened to hear of the passing of Dick-such a great man- remember so well of a phone call to my late husband John Keckler to take a dump truck load of gravel or top soil to Lakeside, asked if we had eaten, and we said no cause it was John’s Birthday, said lets go someplace for dinner, and somehow even had a Birthday cake. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. Our sympathy to his wife. children, family and friends.

  • Penny and I send our deepest and sincere condolences to Carol and Dick’s family.
    Dick was always a friend commencing at the Galion North Elementary School during WWII. Can still see the pile of scrap metal in the school’s play yard that was collected for the war effort. Dick and I grew up together, shared many delights and a few set -backs. I cherish the memories.

  • My sympathy to you and your family. Dick was an excellent attorney, and a great man. I was honored to work for him for a few years during tax season. His kindness and understanding compassion were hallmarks of his practice. I admired him greatly, and cherished his friendship. May the God of all comfort bring you His peace.