Richard James Makowski

September 16, 1945 ‒ January 26, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Captain Richard James ‘Dick” Makowski, age 74 of Marion, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 26,2020 surrounded by his family.

Dick was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1945 to the late Joseph Thomas and Helen Phyllis (Jurcack) Makowski. Dick grew up in Baden, Pennsylvania and graduated from Ambridge High School in 1963.

After graduation, Dick entered the US Air Force where he served as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter at Lockbourne Air Force Base near Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to deploying to Vietnam, Dick met Candice (Candy) Kay Klingel.  Surviving the Tet Offensive, Dick returned from Vietnam and immediately proposed to Candy. The two were wed on November 16, 1968.  Together, Dick and Candy moved to the Klingel Family Farm near Waldo.  Here they raised two children and made lasting memories.

During Dick’s working years, he continued his firefighting career at The City of Marion Fire Department, a job he truly loved.  While working for the Fire Department, he advanced to Captain.  Dick holds the record of most babies delivered while on duty – 5 and they were all girls.  Civically, Dick was the Chairman of The Marion Safety Council and past Commander of Waldo American Legion Post 605 and the 6th District of the American Legion.  Dick was a member of the International Association of Firefighters and O.A.P.F.F.

Dick will be missed by his wife, Candice; children, Nicole (Mike) Gibson of Delaware and Captain Michael (Kelly) Makowski of Waldo; grandchildren, Brandon Makowski, Corey (Hannah) Makowski, Logan Gibson, Dillon (Virginia) Steinhilber, Ella Gibson, Kendall Gibson and adopted grandson, Zach Burris; great-grandchildren, Jordan Makowski, Sophia Huntsman and Elias Richard Makowski; brother, Joseph (Donna) Makowski, brother-in-law William Ickley and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Ickley.

Friends may gather at Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel (360 E. Center St., Marion) on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.  A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.  Honors will be presented, at Waldo Cemetery, by The Marion Area United Veterans Council and The Marion Fire Department.

Memorial donations may be made in Dicks’ honor to Ohio Health Hospice, The American Cancer Society or Marion Firefighters Local 379.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to serve Captain Richard James Makowski’s family. Online condolences and memoires may be expressed by visiting

  • Candy, Mike, Nichole, and all of the Makowski family – I am so sorry for your loss. Dick loved to joke with me, and some of the funniest memories I have of him include his practical joke the day I found my bike on top of his barn roof and his legendary stint in a bikini on the dunking machine at the Waldo Firemen’s Festival. He was one of a kind, and the Waldo and Marion communities will miss him greatly. My love goes out to all of you, and I pray for your comfort and peace at this difficult time.

  • Candy you and
    Dick were a very important part of my life. I am thinking of you Mike and Nicle at this time my love and prayers are with you.

  • I had the honor of meeting Dick at a celebration of Veterans at a local nursing facility. Dick was accompanied by his son and grandsons wife and great grand daughter. His stories of his military service were heartfelt and his humor were spell binding. I will smile each time I think of him. My sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family. Thank you , Dick, for the opportunity to know you.

  • Our heart felt condolences go out to Dick’s family. Working with Dick at the Fire Department saw very few moments not filled with jokes and laughter. Rather serious on a fire scene, Dick made up for it during down time. Mike, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  • Candy, Mike and Nichole,
    So sorry for your loss. So glad we got to spend some time with you all (thanks for hosting Jeff with his car problem) and all the football games with grandkids! We missed Dick this season but now he has the best seat in the house. Hugs and love to all of you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for Candy, Mike and Nicole. I pray that Gods presence will give each of you peace and healing.