Richard G. Lapeer

April 29, 1935 ‒ January 10, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Richard G. Lapeer went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018 in Liberty Nursing Center of Mansfield surrounded by his family. He was 82.

He was born April 29, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Gabriel & Marie (Kaunas) Lapeer. He graduated from Fordson High School with the class of 1954 and he went on to earn his associates degree.

A beautiful young lady named Helen Zbizek caught his eye and the pair soon married on July 25, 1959.

Richard worked at Fisher Body as a tool maker. He stayed with the company when they sold to GM and moved to the Mansfield area in 1983. He retired from GM in 1992 as a supervisor.

He was a member at Resurrection Parish and was a Eucharistic Minister, distributing communion to people at the hospital and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In spare time, he took pleasure in golfing, woodworking and traveling. Everything from long drives to day trips. He enjoyed attending, and never missed, his class reunions. He enjoyed the history of the Automotive industry and even met Henry Ford. But above all, Richard cherished his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Helen Lapeer of Mansfield; children John Scott (Melissa) Lapeer of Mansfield, Tracy Ann Holzmiller of Mansfield and Kristine Marie (Shawn) Neal of Utica; grandchildren Evan Holzmiller, Erin Holzmiller, Grace Holzmiller, Ryan Neal, Owen Neal and Alyssa Long; great-granddaughter Ryenne Long; nephews Thomas and Jonathan Walyus and longtime friend George Kaiganich.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his son Richard Anthony “Rick” Lapeer and sister Ann Walyus.

The Lapeer family will receive friends Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish with Father Nelson Beaver officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

The Lapeer family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone, especially the nursing staff, at Liberty Nursing Center for their wonderful care.

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  • My thoughts and prayers to Helen and family. He was such a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face when I seen him, this is what I will always remember about him. Love you all.

  • Helen, I’m sorry to hear of Richards passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • My sincere sympathies to Helen and Tracy. May you be greatly comforted during this time of grief.

  • My sincere condolences to Helen and Tracy during this time. I always loved seeing Dick..What a gentleman he was. I loved working with you, Helen; and you, Tracy. I’m so glad our paths have crossed. My heart will be with you as you go through this very difficult time, love, Flora