L. Richard “Rick” Millard

June 10, 1952 ‒ March 10, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: L. Richard “Rick” Millard passed away Sunday morning, March 10, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield. He was 66.

Rick was born June 10, 1952 Warren, and was graduated from Lucas High School in 1970.

On May 11, 1974 he married Connie Brubaker and together they celebrated 44 years and raised their two daughters.

Rick is retired from Gorman Rupp Co. with 35 years of service and was currently working part time at American Standard in the customer service department.

Rick was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, collecting baseball cards and various keepsakes and enjoying friendly rivalry with most Cleveland Indian fans.  Rick had a passion for sports, coaching his girls in Lexington Soccer and youth softball. He dearly loved following his grandchildren and supporting them in their athletics as well.

Rick could fix anything, even if he had to watch it on YouTube first.  He also loved rough housing with his grandkids threatening to “throw them in the river,” which was code for toss you on the couch.

His legacy will be one built around family and showing gentle kindness to others.

He is survived by his loving wife Connie Millard of Lexington, daughters Kristie and Brad Koehler of Massillon, Jen and Frank Felice of North Royalton; three grandchildren Aiden Koehler, and Morgan and Mia Felice; his mother Mary Rae Moore of Middleport; brother Mitchell and Rita Millard of Shelbyville, KY; and a host of relatives in the Brubaker and Brokaw families.

Rick was preceded in death by his stepfathers Ronald Reynolds, Ferman Moore, and Lawrence Foreman; and maternal grandparents Guy and Freda (Houdashelt) Russell.

His family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  The funeral service honoring his life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville.  The Rev. Daniel Cammarn will officiate and interment will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory may be made to his family to be used for a charity of their choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rick’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


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  • Connie and girls
    We are so sorry about the passing of Rick. He was a great person and was always pleasant to us. Our girls had a great time growing up and knowing Rick also. May God give you strength at this time and always. Thanks for being a friend and we will pray for all you. Paul & Katy Wehinger

  • Connie,Kristie, and Jen and family. I have no words , just shock. When you called I couldn’t believe what happened. Rick was one of a kind. having spent a lot of time with you and family , he was amazing and always enjoyed the politics between him and his mom. What a great guy. So very giving and kind. I’ll always remember how he would come up with you and fix something for me. My heart breaks for you and just know I am here for you, just like you were for me. my prayers and love to all. Sharron Sheehe

  • Connie, I was so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Bohland (Darlene’s sister-in-law)

  • Deepest sympathies to all of Rick’s family and friends. Rick was a classmate of mine at Lucas, and, was liked by all who spent time with him. I do remember his love for the Detroit Tigers! He was always quick with a smile that will be missed….God bless.

  • Deepest sympathy to you Connie, to your girls, your grandchildren and your entire family! We have no words to express our sorrow for all of you. Please know we are sending hugs,our love and prayers from Florida. We love you. God Bless you!

  • I’m sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort during this difficult time with family and friends. May God’s love and tender mercy give you the strength and comfort during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

  • Mitch. our prayers go out to you and your family. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was such a breath of fresh air around the office always smiling saying hello to everyone who crossed his path. My sincere condolences to your family

  • My condolences to your family…. Richard was the sweetest, nicest gentleman I’ve met. He always went out of his way to share a “good morning and a smile”. Whenever anyone needed a boost of positive energy, Richard was the go to guy. The days here at American Standard won’t be the same without him, he truly will be missed.

  • Family of Richard. You have my deepest condolences. I had the pleasure of working with Richard. He was the kindest gentleman and would help anyone he could. I was a Cleveland Indians fan and we had many conversations about the Indians and Tigers. RIP Richard.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

  • Dear Connie – I was so sad to hear this news. I am at a loss for words. Just know I am thinking of you and praying for you and all who loved him. I hope that all the wonderful memories you have will comfort you. Hugs to you.

  • My deepest Sympathy to you Connie and your entire family I was shocked when I read that he had passed I just couldn’t believe it l know the heart ache you will be going through so sorry you have to go through this stay strong

  • Connie, Kristie and Jen
    There are no words that can describe how you are feeling. I lost my dad 2 1/2 years ago, he was 65. I still feel as though it was yesterday. I remember when our dads were coaching the little league soccer teams together, along with Mr. Meyers and Mr. Matthias.
    Mr. Millard gave me some helpful advice along the way, and I have always remembered and will always cherish it.
    Please remember this…it is always ok to cry, no matter where you are at, or what you are doing, because it never takes much for a memory to be triggered. He will always be a part of you, and he will always be surrounding you.
    All of you are his pride and joy, and man did he love to show you off!!!!!
    I know that you will all continue his legacy, and also continue to put his sparkle in the eyes of those who aren’t.
    My heart aches for you all right now.
    I know your pain, and only wish that I could take it away.
    Be proud and stay strong…that is what he would want
    Thinking of you all,
    Erin Rue Underwood

  • Thoughts & prayers Connie for you & the family. Rick was a special friend who I shared a lot of good times on the softball field as well as off of it. He will be missed.

  • Connie and family, please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Rick was one of the good guys.

  • Connie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Rick was a great friend and co-worker. We were shocked to hear that he had passed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy. Linda and Doug Carns.

  • Rick’s daughters,
    I just wanted to tell you girls that your dad talked about you
    so much at work. He was so proud of you two. He called me Omar Parrigan (for Omar Vizquil ) and I called him Sparky Millard. He was a special person.

  • Connie❤️Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I didn’t know Rick well, but he was always so friendly and happy. I don’t remember ever seeing him without you by his side. I can’t imagine the depth of your pain, but I know that you must have so many happy memories. May God grant you peace and comfort as you search for your new normal.

  • I had the good fortune of working with Richard at American Standard. Being from the NJ office, I was only in Mansfield periodically but made sure that I found Richard to say hello. We chatted sports, family and even some work. He provided us with his many years of technical experience and wisdom, improving our team greatly. Richard will be sorely missed. Thanks for sharing him with us and may he rest in peace.

  • Connie, Kristie, and Jen,
    So sorry for your loss. Rick was one of the really good ones! He was such a positive, encouraging coach and supporter of girls’ sports in Lexington. He shared his knowledge of sports, his time, and himself so selflessly with so many young athletes. He will be missed by many. May the many memories of a life well lived bring you all comfort and peace. Godspeed, Rick.

  • Dear Connie,
    I just learned the sad news today about Rick’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family in your loss. I’m so sorry I missed the calling hours and funeral service this week. Rick was a good guy. I still remember working with him at Gorman Rupp so many years ago.
    Deepest sympathies and prayers for you and your family,
    Connie (“Black”) Zhu

  • Connie, Kristie and Jen
    My sincere condolences to you and your families for the passing of Rick. He was an integral part of the lives of many you soccer players, among other things. He will be missed by many and be assured that he made a difference.

  • Connie and family,

    I wanted to come so badly to the calling hours but had to have surgery that day. There would not have been anything else to keep me from showing my respect for this wonderful, kind, gentle man who everyone loved. He loved his family so much and was so proud of all of you. Since we both went into work a little early I had chances to chat with him. Of course, Connie, a lot of times it was about how excited you were when Sunday evening came and you knew he would be working the next three days. I hope he didn’t think he was fooling us. We all knew better. . He was one of the few great men left who treated his family and his country with such respect and pride. I will miss him so much.

    Karen Reiker (American Standard)

  • Dear Connie::

    It is important to me that I extend my best wishes for healing and comfort to you and your family over the passing of your “Rick”. I live in Arizona but I still have abundant love for families who were a prominent part of my growing-up years in the Fredericktown area. Your Dad was my first hero when he was a teenager back in the late 1930s and early 1940s. All of the Brubakers beginning with Charlie and Bess are part of my best memories. By extension, you are included among those folks. I wish you the best of good fortune as you heal from your loss.

    Kind regards,