Rick Winfield

August 26, 1954 ‒ November 22, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Rick Winfield, age 66, of Marion, died suddenly on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.

On August 26, 1954, Rick was born in Marion, Ohio, one of three children of the late Forest E. Winfield and Angeline “Ann” (Peddicord) Severns.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1972.

One fateful night while skating at the Highway Rollerina on SR 309, Rick asked a young lady, Shirley Orians, to skate with him and from there the rest was history.  After dating for a year, they were married on September 8, 1973.  Together they shared forty seven years of marriage, always by each other’s side, and lovingly raising two sons: Brandy and Cory.

Following graduation, Rick started working out at the Whirlpool Corporation until he found his calling to become a police officer.  He completed training at the Police Academy in 1975, and immediately started his service to the Marion Community as a Marion City Police officer.  He patrolled the streets, trying to keep everyone safe for thirty six years.  A few of those years, he served as a detective, which were his favorite years in the department.  He was especially proud when his sons choose to follow in his footsteps, which led to his biggest heartache when his son, Brandy, died from a gunshot wound while in the line of duty on October 14, 2004.

After his retirement in 2011, Rick continued working odd jobs throughout town, including the Marion Family YMCA and at the information desk in the Marion City Courthouse.  He also was a member of the Marion Moose Lodge #889 and the Steve Young Memorial FOP Lodge #24.  While his son’s were growing up, he loved coaching their baseball teams.  He also enjoyed bowling, playing in many leagues for the Marion City Police over the years.

In the year following Brandy’s passing, someone suggested they do a poker run in his memory.  Needing to get a motorcycle to ride in the memorial run, he test drove a Harley Davidson, and was hooked.  He helped organize and ride in the Brandy Winfield Memorial Run from 2005-2019, only taking a break this year because of Covid-19.  They hope to keep it going for many more years to come.  It brought him such joy to have his son’s memory live on.  He also didn’t just ride his new Harley in the memorial run, he rode it all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Indiana, and North Carolina.  He and his Harley friends loved getting lost on the open road, and then eventually finding somewhere for Rick to eat hot dogs and ice cream.  He also loved the Harley garage he had built at home.

An ornery jokester, Rick loved to socialize and tell jokes with all of his friends.  He never met a stranger, and would run into someone he knew most everywhere he went.  He loved to joke that he didn’t remember where he met the person, and “maybe he arrested them.”

He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Shirley Winfield; son, Cory Winfield; two grandsons: Landon and Tyler Winfield; two siblings: Barry and Melody Winfield; step-mother, Brenda Campbell Winfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his son, Brandy Winfield.

His family will greet friends from 3 – 7 pm on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Fairpark Community Baptist Church, 940 Bermuda Dr, Marion, where everyone in attendance will be asked to wear a mask.  For everyone’s safety, services honoring his life will be observed privately by his family and close friends, Pastor David Rush officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date by his son, Brandy, in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandy Winfield Memorial Run, c/o Fahey Bank, 127 N. Main St., Marion, OH 43302.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone who has continued to support the Brandy Winfield Memorial Run, helping keep his memory alive.  Also, to all of his Harley friends for being a wonderful 2nd family for Rick.  Lastly, they want to thank Wollett family, both the late John Wollett and his sons: Matt and JJ, for always giving Rick a place to visit and for always checking in on him.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Rick’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Shirley, Cory and family, I was so sorry to hear about Rick. What a great guy and a character no one will ever duplicate. He was truly one of the great ones!! He was tough as nails and soft as a feather all in one shot. I loved his crazy sense of humor and his love of life. Prayers for comfort during this sad time and a celebration of his life! Take care. Amy (Dickman) Pinnick

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Myself and all of the MotoMart 4129 employees are saddened for this loss of such a great man. He was so funny and done his job very well. He loved his family and his community very much. Respected by many ! Rita Daly

  • One of the greatest men I’ve ever been blessed to know. RIH Rick you’ll definitely be missed!! Winfield family you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • One of the greatest men I’ve ever been blessed to know. RIH Rick you’ll definitely be missed!! Winfield family you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Shirley and family- I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I worked at New Horizons Surgery Center and he was one of my favorite patients. Always enjoyed taking care of him, and when he was with you ,when you were the patient. He will definitely will be missed. Saying prayers for you and your family at this time.

  • Shirley and family, you have our most sincere sympathies. We haven’t kept in touch as much as we would have liked, but that is how life goes. You, Cory and the family will be in our prayers.
    We love you, Pete & Diane, Becky, Kathy and Clarence and families

  • So sorry to hear about Rick. Hugs and prayers Shirley, Cory and family. Mike and I loved his humor and seeing him at basketball games. A great guy that will be missed by many.

  • My condolences to your family, I don’t know your family personally but my husband and his family does. I have heard about your husband and sons for year’s. I myself am in Law Enforcement and am blessed to have heard about all of them.

  • Shirley and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Rick will definitely be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear this. He was one of the best guys. I knew him and Shirley from baseball when Brandy played with my son Jason. The boys all loved him. He was such a good coach and let the kids have fun. Prayers for Shirley and Corey and the grandsons.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Rick! I went to school with Shirley and Rick graduated the following year! My wife Becky worked with Rick at the County Bldg. a couple of years ago and really liked him! Prayers to the family and RIP Rick! Sincerely, Mike and Becky Lundquist, Marion.

  • So sorry for your loss Shirley and Winfield family. Rick was an exceptional guy, always fun to be around. I got to know Rick while coaching our sons baseball teams (Cory & Tim) back in the day. Rest in Peace Rick Winfield, you will never know how much you would liked.

  • So sorry for your loss Shirley and Winfield family. Rick was an exceptional guy, always fun to be around. I got to know Rick while coaching our sons baseball teams (Cory & Tim) back in the day. Rest in Peace Rick Winfield, you will never know how much you were liked.

  • Shirley and family,

    Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a great man. May God be with you during your time of sorrow. Rest in peace in Heaven Rick.

  • Rick was one of a kind Marion will miss you Big time. Rick was always a stand up guy. A friend to everyone. I hope you ride that silver highway in the sky spread your wings. R.I.P MY BROTHER

  • Thoughts and prayers to Shirley ,Corey , Landon ,and Tyler .So sorry for your loss . The Winfield family has always been highly spoken about throughout Marion . Through all The family ‘s heartache Riick most always had a smile .His family was his pride and joy ,and he made that known .He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.Rest in Peace Rick.
    Sincere Condolences ,the Shockey Family .

  • Heartfelt condolences from John and Lois Gordon. This family was one of the first families we met when we came to Marion from Washington D.C. where I served in the Air Force. Seeing the Winfield family on the ball fields was a staple in Marion also. I’ll miss my friend.

  • Dear Shirley and family, we were so saddened to hear about Rick. Loved your whole Oak Street family. Hugs and prayers to you
    Jackie and Cliff

  • Shirley, Cory and Family my deepest sympathy what a awsome man to look up to growing up thank you for sharing such a great man.

  • So sorry for the entire Marion Community. The Winfield clan have been there for and carried the community for years. Thank you Rick and Corey for your sacrifice and service.. Prayers to the family and brothers in blue.. If your looking for an example of a hero, you need look no further than the Winfield family. Lets not overlook the service Shirley has given to so many over the years. Shirley’s kids and the love she shared with them and their families are beyond measure.. God Bless and God speed Rick. Give Corey our love.. We will be looking for two Hawks next summer as we ride the open roads. See you then..

  • Shirley and Cory, Rusty and I are so very sorry to hear about Rick. We did not expect to hear such tragedy. Rick was such a special person. I dont think he ever missed a chance to tell me a joke when I saw him. I know in my heart he and Brandy are celebrating together. What a day they are having. You and Cory are in our prayers Shirley. Hugs

  • So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have so many memories of him during the years Brandy and I played baseball together. There were so many times I couldn’t stop laughing from his constant jokes and overall happy go lucky additude… Prayers to you all..

    • I’m sorry to hear this news. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996. Rick coached me playing baseball growing up. He also knew I was a good kid who made not the greatest decisions sometimes. I will miss him and still tell some stories about him giving me a break.

  • Dear Shirley, Cory and family, I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s sudden passing. He was one in a million and always had a joke no matter what stress you all were dealing with. In time those memories will bring you comfort. Until then, please feel the love of this community supporting you all through this terrible loss.
    Love to you always, Krista and Rick Mulvaine

  • Dear Shirley and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort in the days ahead.
    Love,
    Cathy Copeland

  • Rest In Peace my brother. Thank you for that letter of recommendation when I needed it for the Police Academy 20 years ago. I always enjoyed our talk when I can to the McDonalds car wash where you were working at the time. I will always remember you for being the person that made my dreams come true. Thank you brother and someday we will see each other again and you can tell me more of them crazy stories when you were on the force!!

  • Sorry to hear about your loss. I just lost my mother and know your sadness. May God be with you and hold you close. Your. Neighbor on the circle.

  • Our deepest condolences to you Shirley, Cory and the whole Winfield family and extended family. Roger and I will have you in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot be found for the sadness we feel for the loss of Rick.

  • Shirley-
    So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. He was a hugely positive figure in many lives (who doesn’t remember him at the ballpark fondly??), and he will be missed. Thinking and praying for you, Cory and the entire Winfield family. May he rest in peace.

  • God Bless Rick. He made so many happy and safe. I feel honored to have known this great man.

    Coach Mac

  • Shirley and family,

    We are so sorry to learn about Rick passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . God bless.

    Love Debbie Rapenport Goldstein and Marianne and Dan Burkhart.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I have known the Winfield family since I was 12 yrs old. I met them at The Highway Rollerana. Skated with Barry,Melody,and Rick.We all we there if the doors were open.
    After I stopped going skating we didn’t see each other unless we ran into one another while shopping or at a restaurant.
    I got on the wrong side of the law and Rick had to arrest me. He didn’t want to but had to because of his job.I remember him telling me that he remembered the nice girl he used to know.And he told me that he knew I was better then that. What he said,to me sunk in. Because he was man enough to do his job, he helped turn my life around. I will always remember his words.And be thankful for his friendship. Sending prayers to his family. RIH

  • I’m sorry to hear this news. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996. Rick coached me playing baseball growing up. He also knew I was a good kid who made not the greatest decisions sometimes. I will miss him and still tell some stories about him giving me a break.