MANSFIELD: It was well known that “Dick” Cleckner knew quality when he beheld it. As director of quality for Electrolux, he traveled the world helping companies with his method. This attribute transcended throughout his professional life, into his familial life, and into his salvation plan as well. Dick knew the value of quality and lived his life by Colosians 3:23 that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
Richard R. “Dick” Cleckner passed away August 27, 2021 at the James Cancer Center. He was 77.
He was born June 4, 1944 in Mansfield to the late Wilbur and Tillie (Hoffman) Cleckner and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1962.
A U.S. Army veteran, Dick served three years during Vietnam and was honorably discharged in May of 1968.
Following the service, he began work at Westinghouse and saw the company through many changes, most notably the merger of the Tappan and Electrolux family of companies. During this time, he also pursued his higher education attending Ashland College while working full time and raising a family. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ashland in 1976. Dick’s calling was in task management and completion, heading up the area as director of quality control. He traveled the world implementing his philosophies and methods. After 28 years, he retired in the late 1990’s but continued working as a consultant all over the United States for many well-known companies. With a servant’s heart he often said, “I’ll just have to work another hour,” to provide little luxuries for his family. Hard work was instilled in his DNA, his friends and family would attest that he simply loved to work.
He was a member of Berean Baptist Church and served in the nursery, as a greeter and In kid zone. He loved spending time helping kids grow in their education.
Quality control leaked into many aspects of his life, but most notably in planning trips. He loved spending time researching locations and all there was to see and do. Dick didn’t want to miss a thing, and served as the family “Trip Advisor” pointing out significant landmarks or sharing history on little adventures and vacations. He loved driving in general but mostly driving the grandkids around Mansfield to share stories passed down from his family.
A talented photographer, Dick’s favorite inspiration was lighthouses and scenic views. His most favorite times were spent photographing his kids and grandkids in their sports. You couldn’t talk with him without hearing him brag and having some pictures to show.
Described as outgoing, funny, and a selfless hero, Dick was a dedicated husband, dad, papa, and grandpa he delighted in his family. Upbeat, “super” was his response every time he was asked how he was doing.
He is survived by his devoted wife Dorothy “Dottie” Cleckner of Mansfield whom he married July 29, 1967; daughters and sons-in-law Deb and Doug Rogaliner of Lambertville, Michigan, and Danielle and Doug Basham of Mansfield; grandchildren Bailey and Jacob Hoskins, Mitchel and Jordan Rogaliner, Tyler Rogaliner and his fiancée Kristin Hill, Ashley and Josh Bouma, and Austin Basham; a great grandson Dawson Hoskins; brothers and sisters-in-law Bill and
Linda Cleckner of Lexington and Bob and Susie Cleckner of Mansfield.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Jacob and Ethel Hoffman, who helped raise him as Dick’s father died when he was just 6 years old. Jacob is accredited for inspiring a strong work ethic that enabled Dick’s success in life.
Friends may call Friday, September 10, 2021 from 5-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a memorial service honoring Richard R. “Dick” Cleckner will follow at 7 pm. The Rev. Nate Meiers will officiate. A private interment will be held in Mansfield Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
Donations in honor of Dick may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dick’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory and view his tribute video at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.