Richard “Rick” W. Clapham
May 21, 1949 ‒ April 29, 2021
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.