Dick "Red" Litzenberg, Jr., age 90 of Findlay, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. Dick was born on August 10, 1928 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Charles Clifton and Ollie Alfaretta (Thomas) Litzenberg.
Dick married Joan Yawberg on October 29, 1954 and she survives. Also surviving are children Dave (Cathy) Litzenberg of Waterville, Ohio and Pam (Greg) Etter of New Berlin, Wisconsin; granchildren: Jeff DeGlopper, Chris (Rabbin) DeGlopper, and Andy (Melissa) DeGlopper, all residents of Wisconsin, Mike Litzenberg of California, Greg Litzenberg of Florida, and Kevin Litzenberg of Ohio, and Josh Litzenberg of Ohio; and great grandchildren: Caden, Tayte and Camila (children of Chris and Rabbin DeGlopper), Mason and Finley (children of Andy and Melissa DeGlopper).
Dick was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Litzenberg, who was stillborn in 1957. He was also predeceased by siblings: Frank Litzenberg, Alice (Litzenberg) Lauwers, Richard Litzenberg, Marguerite (Litzenberg) Miley, and half brothers: Jim, Martin and Al Krabill; and son-in-law Dave DeGlopper.
Dick was a 1951 Findlay High School graduate. He returned to Findlay High School to complete his diploma after serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended LaSalle Extension University for accounting and The University of Findlay (then known as Findlay College) for Business Law coursework. He worked in accounting for Cooper Tire and Rubber Company as well as Garwood Industries.
Dick enjoyed spending time with his family, was a sports fan and especially liked cheering on the Detroit Tigers and Green Bay Packers. He was a youth baseball coach. Everyone enjoyed Dick's storytelling and his corny sense of humor.
He was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Findlay, where he was involved in Findlay Area Emmaus and Findlay Chrysalis. He was one of the original founding owners and developers of Millstream Speedway and driver of race car OZ (zero Z). The speedway was built on his father's farm.
Dick served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army from 1945 - 1949 joining when he was just 17 years old. He served as part of Allied Occupation of Germany and achieved rank of Staff Sergeant and played Army basketball and baseball.
Dick coached Findlay Youth Baseball in the 1970's for the Lions Club Cubs and Jaqua's teams. He also assisted the legendary Findlay baseball coach, Woody Curlis with the Findlay Acme baseball team, including the 1974 Ohio State Championship Team. He was the head coach of the Findlay American Legion Baseball Team in 1976.
Other memberships include the Ralph D. Cole Post, American Legion, and he was also Treasurer and a volunteer for CHOPIN Hall.
The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to the amazing and dedicated staff of Bridge Hospice both in Findlay and Bowling Green.
Visitation for friends and family of Dick will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME 500 Lima Ave Findlay, Ohio. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 120 West Sandusky Street, officiated by Pastor Jeff Motter. Burial will follow at Knollcrest Gardens outside of Arcadia, Ohio, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.
Memorials in Dick's honor can be made to St. Andrew's United Methodist Church or to CHOPIN Hall 1800 N. Blanchard Street, Suite 125, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.