Richard "Dick" McCord, 88, of Findlay retired Vice President of Refining at Marathon Oil Company, died early Saturday morning at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Richard Keith McCord was born in Ottawa, Canada on December 22, 1931, to Alice Dowler McCord and Lawrence Norman McCord.
As a child, he lived in several different western Canadian provinces during World War II as his father served in the Royal Canadian Airforce. After the war, his father took employment with General Motors Corporation in Detroit Michigan with Richard graduating from Detroit Mackenzie High School in 1949. He attended college at the University of Michigan graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Math in 1954. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.
On August 6, 1955 he married the former Lynn Joy Grosshans of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. They had a long and happy marriage of 64 years and have two children; a son Don and a daughter Cherie (Merzbacher).
Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, he joined the Aurora Gasoline Company in Detroit, Michigan. Aurora was purchased by Marathon Oil Company in 1959. In 1965 Richard relocated to Burghausen, Germany as Operations Superintendent over Deutsche Marathon's refinery. He and his family travelled extensively throughout Europe during the 5 1/2 years they lived in Germany.
In 1971, Richard returned to the United States to assume responsibility as Manager of the Texas Refining Division in Texas City, Texas. Richard attended Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in 1974, and then transferred to Findlay, Ohio in 1977. In Findlay, Richard held various senior executive assignments including responsibility over design and construction the Marathon Oil Tower skyscraper in Houston, Texas before being named Vice President of Refining and Director of Marathon Petroleum Company in 1984. He retired from Marathon in 1992.
Richard was an active member of Rotary International for almost 50 years. He proudly served on the Blanchard Valley Hospital System Board of Directors from 1978 to 2012. He also served on the Winebrenner Village Board of Directors from 1997 to 2002 and the Hancock Recreation Center Board of Directors. He was President of Findlay Country Club 2002-2003 where he enjoyed playing golf.
Richard was an avid supporter of the University of Michigan Ice Hockey and Marching Band programs. He also held Michigan Football tickets for almost 40 years. He and his wife Lynn thoroughly enjoyed travelling all over the world.
He leaves his beloved wife Lynn; his son Don and his wife Merrie of Findlay, Ohio; and a daughter Cherie (Merzbacher) and her husband Chuck of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren Collin McCord, Connor McCord, Chad Merzbacher and Caitlyn Merzbacher. His younger sister Margaret Prien predeceased him.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main Street, Findlay with the Rev. Jessica Commeret presiding. Private burial will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Mr. McCord's memory can be made to Habitat for Humanity Findlay Hancock County, 1200 Commerce Parkway, Findlay or Bridge Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay.
The family appreciates all the support from friends helping Richard the past few years.