Richard L. Schuster

March 24, 1933 ‒ June 27, 2018

Worthington, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard L. Schuster, age 85, of Worthington, Ohio and formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born on March 24, 1933 in Tina, Missouri, the son of Benjamin and Hazel (Grieve) Schuster.  Richard served as a Corporal in United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Richard earned his undergraduate in English Literature from Eastern Nazarene University and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons College.  Richard served as the Library Director for the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, retiring in 1998 after 30 years of employment.

He was a member of Gideons International, Association of Christian Libraries, Ohio Library Association and the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.

Richard is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (Jeff) Sammons of Worthington; a granddaughter, Sophia Kiselova and a sister, Jean Clark of Atchison, Kansas.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Clara S. Schuster, three brothers, Edwin Schuster, Sterling Schuster and Lester Schuster; three sisters, Reve ­­­­Beavers, Norma Baird and Dollie Taylor.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service.  The family will observe a private burial in Green Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to the Clara Shaw Schuster Endowed Scholarship (for students with disabilities) at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Richard L. Schuster.

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  • He was my advisor at MVNC, beginning in 1970, and managed to work wonders with my self-esteem. I was fortunate to become friends with his entire household and went on to remain friends for life through letters and later with the aid of technology. One of my favorite memories with them is while visiting in their home. As their daughter sat in my lap she discovered that my hair (wearing an afro back then) was very very different!
    Will continue to love and cherish the Schusters…

  • My deepest sympathies to Elizabeth and family. I have treasured memories of my library days at MVNC with Richard as our librarian, and later, as dear friends with him and Clara at Mount Vernon First Church, dinners at their house, little Kyle and Kim swinging together on their big tree swing in the side yard! Dear friends, dearly missed. We’ll meet again, Richard. Godspeed.

  • God’s peace, Elizabeth to you and yours as you travel this road. Your family was connected to mine (Linda Nease) as a child when your mother, Clara, was my babysitter while she was a student at ENC! And our connection continued in Mt. Vernon and beyond in many ways. We wish we could be there for the service, but will be remembering you now and in the days ahead. A life well lived!

    Dennis & Linda (Nease) Scott

  • Dear Ones,
    I’m with you in your loss of this amazing and beautiful father who is dear to me as are all of you. Both of your parents were always loving and generous to me and my family. I cherish all of our times together.

  • We have shared time and discussions on the front porch of the Morrison Dorm in Lakeland, Florida for the last 14 years. He will be missed, he remembered our daughter who went to MVBC and graduated in 1998.

  • To Elizabeth and Sophia–We send our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your father and grandfather. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, but memories last. We do follow your lives a bit through Ted and Ann. Again, we send our love and sympathy to you and hope our paths cross again. Linda and Terry Ryan

  • E,Sophi, I don’t really have words to express myself! I loved Daddio as if he where mine also! You know I am with you in prayer and my heart hurts, but I know that Daddio was met with so many open arms and to know that he felt no pain is the best thing ever. We are all lucky to we have another Angel looking out for us! My deepest sympathy Kym

  • Such a beautiful Soul ! I loved you since the first day we met . may you continue your adventures in this different realm … I will remember you always .❤❤❤

  • My friend…my mentor. I loved every moment that I sat in Sunday School class, at Lakeholm, being taught the love of God through you and Mrs. Schuster. I will be looking for you in Heaven. Your student, Joe Aycock

  • He was a intelligent and wonderful man. Very uplifting in the few conversations I had with him. I will remember him always.

  • He was a intelligent and wonderful man. Very uplifting in the few conversations I had with him. Thanks to his beautiful daughter that I met him. I will remember him always.

  • Very kind, supportive with compassion heart a man of God, really he will be missed, in prayer for his wonderful daughter and all have s family members in this hard time, Ermias and family from Nairobi Kenya

  • Papa Richard Schuster was a dad and counsellor to me
    He was also a personal friend, friend to my family and my ministry partner.

    For 20 years , Papa Schuster and I have had very close conversations such that even though I live in Africa, I always felt like we were living together.

    Thanks to God for giving him to us for the time we had him. May God’s grace be upon his family.

  • My name is Rodney Reed. I serve at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. Richard made a great contribution to ANU when he came twice to serve as a volunteer in our Library in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He helped significantly get our library to a better place and to serve our students. He was a great blessing to us. Our condolences to the family.

  • Elizabeth and family, We join you in feeling great loss at Richard’s sudden passing. He has repeatedly offered his service and himself to our community at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester – as librarian, archivist, counsellor, guide, and friend. He noticed those on the margins, and made sure he befriended them; he saw those with needs, and was quietly generous. He brought his professional skills, and diligently put them to work in our library and archives. We are the beneficiary of that work. But he also brought a generosity of spirit that we will sorely miss. We were just talking with him about one further visit later this summer or this autumn. His travel, though, is to a more glorious destination, and we look forward to meeting again there.

  • Our prayers and sympathy to the entire family. We will never forget the kindness that Richard and Clara showed to us when we first moved to Mount Vernon.
    Many memories! They were true examples of Christ love and their generosity will never be forgotten!