Richard J. Darling

August 05, 1919 ‒ June 05, 2008

Perrysville, Ohio

PERRYSVILLE: Richard J. Darling, 88, of Pleasant Hill Road, died Thursday June 5, 2008 in Oak Grove Manor following a short illness.

Richard was born on August 5, 1919 in Perrysville to Harry and Chattie S. (Schrack) Darling and graduated from Perrysville High School. Shortly after high school Richard served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Dayton and became certified as a Navy aircraft welder.

Following his service in the military Richard worked as farm manager of the former Ohio State Reformatory, retiring after 27 years.

On March 30, 1967 he married Virginia Rhea (Taylor) Darling.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Loudonville, VFW Post 8586 Perrysville, Klan 8 Hillbilly Lodge, was a 32nd Degree Mason and served for over 60 years as a member of the Bellville Masonic Lodge 376, and was also a member of the Korean Shrine and Belden Shrine in Mt. Vernon.

Richard loved the nature and being outdoors. He enjoyed hunting turkey and coon, and found peace in fishing especially at Pleasant Hill Lake.

He will be remembered for his giving nature, compassion, and gentleness-especially toward his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Carol and Jack Jeffries of Waxhall, his son and daughter-in-law Dave and Judith Darling of Mansfield; grandchildren Kathy Pritt of Monroe, North Carolina, Susan Madison of Monroe North Carolina, Amanda Mullins of Mansfield, and Edward Myers of Mansfield and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents Richard was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Darling, his son Kenneth Lee, his grandson Elliot Eugene Wise, his brother Russell Darling, and his sister Geraldine Charles.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 9, 2008 at 2 pm in Greenlawn Cemetery where military honors will be performed by Loudonville American Legion Post #0257. The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is serving the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions to the Bellville Masonic Lodge 376 or the VFW Post 8586 Perrysville may be made at the funeral home.