Richard P. Anderson

December 06, 1938 ‒ March 09, 2018

Howard, Ohio

Richard Paul Anderson, 79, of Howard, Ohio passed peacefully in his sleep at his residence Friday, March 9, 2018. He has entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now united with his loving family members who preceded him,  most recently his first grandson Adam Richard Tracht. Richard was the son of C. Paul Anderson and Lena Pearl (Glasgo) of Millersburg, deceased. He was the youngest sibling to sisters Margaret Collins and Virginia Lawhead, also deceased. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Anita (Kaeser), children Laureen (Bryan) Tracht, Lisa (Tom) Buchanan, and son, Scott Paul Anderson.  He was able to visit with his grandchildren just prior to his passing: Rachel Lombardo (Tracht) and her new husband Aaron, Sean Buchanan (fiancee CeeJay Boyce), Dustin Buchanan, Jeremy Buchanan, and Christian Paul Anderson (fiancee Crystal Gerlits).  He was brother-in-law and friend to David (deceased) and Edwina Kaeser and Paul and Mary Kaeser. He had numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved.  His beloved cat was a constant companion.

He served 2 years (1958-1959) in the United States Army 4th Armored Division stationed in Nuremberg, Germany as a Tank Operator. He was employed by the State of Ohio as a district auditor manager and certified fraud examiner, District 7, for 34 years with a strong work ethic taking great pride in what he did. He enjoyed serving at the election polls for a number of years, and was a Howard Township Trustee for several years.  He served as President of HopeNow Furniture Bank and was a current member of its Executive Board. He was an active servant of the churches to which he belonged and served them in various capacities: on councils, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and even bowling in a church league.  He appreciated and loved the lifelong friendships he made through the church.

He enjoyed traveling, especially through the national parks. His mischievous sense of humor as well as his enduring love and support will be missed by all who loved him in return.  Rest easy, Richard…we will see you again.

Friends may call at Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home; 201 Newark Rd. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  A  Celebration of Life service will be held at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon; 205 N Mulberry St, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Warren Outhwaite officiating.  Inurnment of ashes will take place at Sunset Hills Burial Park, Canton, Ohio at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to HopeNow Furniture Bank; P.O. Box 627 Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 or Mulberry St. United Methodist Church; 205 N Mulberry St, Mt Vernon, Ohio 43050

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  • Dear family-I grew up with Rivhard and his parents on S. Washington Street. His Dad was a Mason and helped me to play for the Rainbow Girls in Millersburg. My condolences for your loss- players,the good memories in your heart. Blessings to all. Nancy McClelland

  • I also grew up with Richard on Washington street and went all 13 years of school with him. Many good memories. 😇Janet Wengerd winterringer

  • I also grew up with Richard on S. Washington Street. My condolences to his family; he was a treasure to be sorely missed. Judy (Martin) Hammond

  • Sincerest condolences you Anita and your family on Dick’s passing. I will miss the “Cookie Monster” . He was a friend that I will always fondly remember.

  • Dick and Anita were dear friends of my wife Donna and I for so many years when we were all attending Bethel Lutheran Church in Canton. Dick was president of the church council with Donna and I serving on the various church Boards through the years. Dick did an excellent job and was very level-headed in all he did. But he was also just a fun-loving person to be around.

    We know he’s in a much better place now.

    We’ll never forget all the good times and wish the best for Anita and the family.

    Paul & Donna Kuntz

  • Anita, Laureen, Lisa, Scott and Family,
    It’s hard to find the right words at the loss of a former co-worker and friend. Richard and I worked for the Auditor of State for many years, he was dedicated and always willing to help where needed. His license plate PA6 was special to him. So many memories and smiles come to me as I remember this special man. May God bless each one of you at this difficult and may your personal memories of your Husband, Dad, and Grandad help sustain you now and in the future.

  • We loved Richard deeply, and can not adequately express our deepest condolenscences to the entire family for this tremendous loss. We know he will be dearly missed, and we have been blessed by his presence in our lives. Sending blessings and prayers of comfort and peace to all.

    With much love,
    Tamara Parson Anderson,
    Mickey and Beto Reyes-Parson