On the afternoon of Dec. 18, Rick Stander's 76-year journey came to its earthly end with his step daughter Kathi and wife Pat at his side.
Richard Ramsay Stander Jr. was born May 6, 1942 in Mansfield, Ohio and lived an active life of friendship, exploration, integrity and success.
He is preceded in death by his stepdaughter Kristi Barnum, parents Richard and Betty Stander. Survived by his brother Bill Stander (Marilyn), sisters Susan Martter (Mark) and Sally Brown (Bob), two sons: Richard "Skip" Stander (Susan) and Ryan Stander (Doreen). Also survived by his stepchildren, Kathi Vogler (Rick), Bill Barnum (Inga), Kari Barnum, Kourtney Barnum; grandchildren Jennifer Boyd (David), Kelley Neal, Lauren Barnum, Samantha Barnum, TJ Vogler, Scott Barnum, Jacob Vogler, Chester Stander, Lucy Stander, Violet Stander; and great grandchildren: Loralai Boyd, Veda Laboy, and Liam Boyd.
A graduate of Mansfield Senior High School in 1960, he received his Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University in 1965, Masters in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1966 and Master's of Business Administration from Ohio State University in 1972.
An Eagle Scout at age 14, a marksman and lifelong member of the NRA, Rick enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, sailing, gardening, motocross, skiing, tennis and winemaking. He was a voracious reader of everything from technical journals to Isaac Asimov. He was a scoutmaster, little league umpire and founder of the Mid Ohio Motocross Club and was instrumental in construction of the Mid Ohio Motocross Park and Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
Born in Mansfield, he spent his early adult life there and was active in civic and professional leadership. He is past president of the Mansfield Public Library Board, Kiwanis, Ohio Contractor's Association and was active in the Mansfield School Board. Passionate about his work, his specialty in construction materials pioneered pavement designs used around the world. While president of Mansfield Asphalt Paving Company he paved most of Mansfield's city streets and much of central Ohio's roadways. His deep dedication to providing exceptional quality work was only eclipsed by his dedication to his employees and to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
His later career took him and wife Pat to Florida where they lived in Tampa, Punta Gorda and Clearwater where he worked as district manager for Better Roads, Charlotte County Engineering Division as Project Engineer and later as Project Inspector for Greeley and Hansen.
His most recent move brought him back to Ohio where he and Pat enjoyed their new home at Bloom Senior Living in Lakewood.
A memorial service will be held for Rick on Saturday May 4 at 9 a.m. at the First Congregational Church Chapel, 640 Millsboro Rd, Mansfield.