Richard Joseph Lacey
July 23, 1933 ‒ May 16, 2011
MANSFIELD- “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy.” Richard Lacey leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, dedication, and love. He continuously opened his house, a haven of security and stability, to extended family, friends and neighbors in need. Described as having the “biggest heart,” Richard loved being a family man. His heart now at rest, Richard Joseph Lacey passed away Monday morning, May 16, 2011 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77.
Born Richard Joseph Lacey on July 23, 1933 the son of George and Golda (Perman) Lacey, Richard was raised in the Crestline area. A true American patriot, he left school early to join the Army. If you ask him, he wouldn’t have changed his decisions for anything…. because that’s how he met the love of his life and future bride. Richard enlisted in 1963 and while stationed in Portugal, Maria Silva, a civilian working on base caught his eye and on October 2, 1965 the two were married. Richard was honorably discharged and the two resided in the Mansfield area where they raised their family of four children.
Richard worked for Conrail as a tower operator. For a twelve year period, he was laid off from the railroad and was forced to find work elsewhere. Working three jobs and seven days a week, he supported his family all the while instilling life lessons of perseverance and hard work. His children never forgot. His hard work paid off and after regaining his position at Conrail, he retired in 1999.
Though technically “retired” Richard never sat still. He was a classic tinkerer, always looking for the next project.
Richard cared so much for others and family always came first. Not only was his immediate family provided for but any extended family and friends were always welcome at the Lacey household, no questions asked, he was always there for support. As his grandchildren came of age, Poppy was always there for a ride home from school or any other events.
Richard attended Discover Church.
Along with his loving wife Maria, he is survived by his son Joseph Lacey of Mansfield, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Mary Lacey of Lexington, daughter and son-in-law John and Zoraida (Lacey) McGrew of Lexington, and daughter and son-in-law Eddy and Michelle (Lacey) Snyder of Mansfield; grandchildren Andrew Kopina, Laney and Ethan Snyder, Stephanie and Kristi Sazdanoff, Eden and Zoe Lacey, Mark Thomas, Phoebe, Ellen, Lucy, and Miles Isaac; brother George “Bud” Lacey of Garland, Texas, sisters and brother-in-law Gloria Gall of Mansfield, Shirley Eckert of Galion, and Linda and Jack Bosco of Mansfield, brother and sister-in-law Keith and Darlene Lacey of Bellville along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his grandchildren Levi Lacey, Milan and Makayla Lacey; son-in-law Steven Kopina, sisters Beverly Guegold and Dixie Kimes.
Visitation will be held Wednesday May 18, 2011 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral will be held at 11am Thursday. Pastor Jeff Shaull will officiate. Military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veteran’s Burial Detail will follow.
Memorial contributions to the Richard Lacey Memorial Fund may be made through the funeral home.
Private online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com