Richard “Rick” W. Clapham

May 21, 1949 ‒ April 29, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio

Richard Wayne Clapham 71 of Sunbury, passed away peacefully Thursday April 29, 2021 at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.

Born May 21, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Richard Earl & Margerite (Hollis) Clapham. Rick graduated from Westerville High School in 1967. He was hooked up on a blind date with Pamela Yost, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1973 and started a family together.

Rick was employed with Delaware County Sheriff office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and would retire after 31 years of service with the Blendon Township Police Department. Rick was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, brother Brad Clapham, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Tom & Barb Yost.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 48 years Pamela “Pam” Clapham; son Jason Clapham and his significant other Koby Donohue; grandchildren Blake Clapham and his significant other Harlee Steck, Brooklynn Clapham, and Chesney Donohue; and great-granddaughter Blaklee Clapham; sister Tami Bolich; brother-in-law Jim Yost; numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends.

When Rick wasn’t protecting people at work, he would unwind with a game of Golf, he enjoyed any golf course whether it was local, or in Florida or the Carolina’s. Rick also enjoyed cutting his grass, and taking care of his lawn. Rick was a handyman and could fix almost anything, or at least attempt to fix it before calling someone in. Rick was a family-oriented man and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those close to him will remember his as being a little stubborn and, spoke his mind, but was a very passionate, caring, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held Friday, May 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, where friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards Mount Carmel and Palliative Care, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or The Zangmeister Cancer Center, 3100 Plaza Properties Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43219.

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The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • Pam, Jason and family.
    I am sorry for your loss. I will remember Rick as a caring and protective friend. Sending hugs and prayers to the family.
    Love you.

  • The loss of my Dearest Friend of forty-three years is heartbreaking to us. Our prayers for comfort for Pam, Jason and the entire Clapham family and many of their closest friends will continue. It is truly a Blessing to have Rick and the family in our lives.

  • Pam you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your memories with love and laughter help you all through this time. Big Hugs to All

  • Bernie and I will miss our ornery loving friend. Hugs to Pam and all of Rick’s friends and family. We will always be there for you Pam.

  • I don’t even know if have seen Rick since high school but my memories of him, the rest if the guys he hung out with, and “that grin” have almost brought me to tears. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We got to know both Rick and Pam while playing in local and out of state Police Softball tournaments. Rick was always a dependable team player and had a great sense of humor. Prayers to Pam and the rest of his family during this difficult time.

  • Pam and Family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Rick’s passing.

    Rick was a dear friend. I learned so much from Rick in the many years we worked together.

    Rest In Peace My Friend.

    Chief Bobbie Hillard, Retired
    Minerva Park Police Department

  • Dear Pam and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on Rick’s passing. I knew him for many years as a brother officer. Rick had the greatest respect of all who knew him.
    God Bless you during this time.
    Christine and Don Stahurski

  • Pam, Jason and Family

    I had the privilege of knowing and working with Rick at the Blendon Township PD. I loved Rick, he always took care of me and I would always stand out back with him and just talk about things going on. He really cared about those who worked for him. I will miss him and my condolences to his family and friends.
    Tim Ray and family

  • Pam,

    My heart is breaking for your loss. Words are few as I am still trying to wrap my head around this. Will be praying, as always.

    Sending hugs and blessings to you and your family,

    Evelyn Morrison

  • We are broken hearted over Rick’s death. We know he was a fighter and did his absolute best to win this battle. We know that God always has a plan… but often we don’t know what it is. It is comforting to know that he found his Lord during this time. I know this because he told me a few weeks ago. And it makes all the difference for family and friends who are grieving his loss now.
    Rick was so much fun! Orneriness and shenanigans were part of our friendship with you all. Pam, you were all family to our family. We love you and are blessed to have you in our lives. Praying for your comfort and strength and the PEACE in your hearts and minds in the times ahead.
    We will see you soon. Hugs and continued prayers to your family.

  • Please accept our sincere condolences and know that you and your family are in our prayers. God bless and strengthen you. John and Judy Hammond

  • Pam, I’m sorry for your loss. I too have a sense of loss because I considered Rick a close personal friend. I am so happy that I reached out to him this past Easter. Rest assured because of his faith in Christ that this is just a temporary separation allowing you to continue with your life’s work until one day when you’ll once again be united with him forever. God bless you and your family. He is risen!

  • Pam & Jason,
    I am speechless and very deeply saddened by Rick’s passing. I can’t imagine the pain you are both experiencing at this time. Rick and I shared some great times over the years and my life was so blessed by having him as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Dear Pam and Jason,
    We couldn’t be more heart broken about Rick. We will always remember him with a big smile… trying to get Buzzy to come as they chased each other around the truck. And we never hear a mower without thinking of Rick riding his. Words just seem so inadequate at this time but please know you are ever present in our hearts and in our prayers. We are here for whatever you need. Love, Anne and Dick

  • Dear Pam,
    I am so saddened by Rick’s passing. I followed his journey with you. I will always remember his jovial and onery face and attitude whenever he stopped by the salon when I was there. I am so glad he lived to see his great granddaughter. My prayers are for you, Jason, Blake and Brookie. Rick’s was a life well lived and one that created many wonderful memories. May you all find comfort in them.

    Prayers and hugs.

  • I’m sadden to hear of Ricks passing. I have very fond memories of us playing softball together back in the day. He was a great guy.

  • Pam and family, I just heard of Ricks passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you sweet girl. Love, Monna Kuhn

  • We are at a loss about your sweetheart of a husband Rick…thinking of you and your’s with prayers,love,he truly is looking down at his wonderful family…we love you Pam❤️💙🙏

  • I was very sorry to hear that Rick passed away. I can’t tell you how many times he came to my assistance, while I was working at Minerva Park Police. He became a good friend and I learned a lot about being a police officer from him. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

    Lieutenant Rex Waldenmyer, Retired
    Minerva Park Police

  • Pam, we are saddened to know of Rik’s passing.
    You have been a dear friend and bless you always.
    Prayers are with you always.

  • Pam and family,
    Bette and I send our condolences. Rick was a spark of life and one through which heavenly light shone. He will be missed but is in good hands now. You all are loved.

  • I saw this a several days before I got to spend a few minutes with the brother of my heart before he passed and it says everything we can’t….His wings were ready but our hearts were not. Rick will always be a part of my heart as will the rest of my Clapham family. Love you all, with you in spirit.

  • We are so saddened by your loss of Rick . I am sure that there are many of us crying and praying with you.

  • How we feel your loss, Pam. We are here for you always. The next part of his journey can only be described as glorious.

  • Pam I don’t know if Rick was related to me, but the Clapham’s I knew from Westerville were related to my Grandmother Mildred Clapham Mann. If not I still am so sorry for your loss. He was way to young my deepest condolences. Prayers for your family!

  • Pam and Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you have a huge void and pray that you find comfort in knowing Rick is with the Lord and you’ll be together again one day.
    Virginia Fitzpatrick

  • Thoughts and prayers to Pam and Jason. Good friend and many memories will be always in our minds. RIP Ricky !! Dave and Ellie

  • No possible relief for the sadness in my heart today.
    Pam, you & your family are in my prayers & thoughts.
    The 1967 memories will live on forever Rick, for all of us.

  • Dear Pam and Family, Our Father God gives us strength, faith, and courage when we need it in hard times. I hope that you feel Him in your lives. May you have peace and comfort in days ahead, knowing Rick is in God’s care now…

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know God is with you. I didn’t know Rick, but you are special so I’m sure he was also. I know you have a lot of family and friends around you who will help you.

  • Oh Pam, I am so sorry. I pray peace for you. It’s been six years since I lost my husband after 42.5 years of marriage. May the happy times give you happiness and not sorrow.

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