Richard “Rick” R. McColly, 71, of Upper Sandusky, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at 6:37 a.m. at the home of his son in Delaware.
Rick was born on Sept. 29, 1949, in Champaign County to Richard J. and Viola (LeVan) McColly, both of whom are deceased. He married Cheryl Neiderkohr on Dec. 27, 1972, and she survives.
He is also survived by two children, Michelle (Billy) McDonald of Yukon, Okla.; and Markus (Hope) McColly of Delaware; four grandchildren, Autumn, Heather, Sean and Gabriel; along with eight great-grandchildren, Paige, Paislee, Pyper, Payton, Brett, Brooklyn, Journi and Harper.
Rick is also survived by his siblings, Bonnie S. (Larry) Ratliff of Upper Sandusky; Catherine L. (James) Brady of Clarksville, Tenn.; Roger E. (Barb) McColly of Upper Sandusky; David L. (Cindy) McColly of Arlington, Texas; John R. McColly of Marion; Carol S. (Allen) Smith of Delaware; Don K. (Mary Jo) Fisher of Valdosta, Ga.; and Sara L. (Jerry) Patterson of Grand Prairie, Texas.
He was a veteran having served for four years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as side gunner for the UH-Helicopter. After his time with the Army, Rick then served his country with the U.S. Airforce as a tail gunner on the B-52 and then on the AWACS until his retirement in 1992. After that he had worked as a dispatcher with the Upper Sandusky Police Department, U.S. Postal Service in Marion for 10 years and then for Angeline School and Industry, serving with their team members maintaining rest stops in Wyandot County.
Rick enjoyed listening to music, computers, bicycling and hiking, learning about history, collecting baseball cards and being one of the biggest supporters of President Trump.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. the same day at the funeral home with Catherine Brady and Roger McColly officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home following the service.
Memorials may be made to the James Cancer Center at OSU and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com.