POLAND, Ohio – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, for Richard “Dick” Mershimer, 81, who died Sunday evening, June 25, at Sunrise Nursing Home, surrounded by his family.
Richard was born April 18, 1936, in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, the son of Ford and Edith (Hall) Mershimer.
He was a 1954 graduate of Springfield Local High School and attended Youngstown State University.
Richard was a carpenter by trade and owned his own construction company, R.g.M. Construction, for 20 years before becoming the maintenance manager for Simco Management Corporation. He retired from Simco in 2005.
Richard was a member of the Holy Family Church and past president for the Home Builders Association.
In his spare time, Richard enjoyed hunting and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Richard is survived by his wife, the former Helen Diba, whom he married October 22, 1960; three daughters, Suzanne (Victor) Maras of Lyndhurst, Lisa Mershimer of Youngstown and Stacey (Rich) Deemer of Poland; two sons, Rick (Betsy) Mershimer of New Middletown and Gregg (Alisza) Mershimer of Austintown; sister, Nancy (George) Tablack of New Middletown; two brothers, Jim (Pat) Mershimer of Bessemer, Pennsylvania and Gary (Shirley) Mershimer of Poland and six grandchildren, Samantha and Adam Maras, Taylor and Ally Deemer, Melissa Mershimer and Chloe Mershimer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Paige Anne Mershimer and sister, Norma Bechtel.
Family and friends may call Thursday, June 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, and Friday, June 30 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.
Richard’s family would like to thank Maplecrest, Sunrise of Poland and SouthernCare Hospice Services for the wonderful care and patience they showed him.
In lieu of flowers, material tributes take the form of donations to the Holy Family Church, 2729 Center Road, Poland, OH 44514 or Akron Children’s Hospital, 6505 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences to the family.
A television tribute will air Thursday, June 29 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.