Obituary for Richard Hohan
Richard T. Hohan, 87
Richard T. Hohan, 87, of Ashland passed away, Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Brethren Care Village.
He was born on April 30, 1929 in Midland, Pennsylvania to the late Michael J. and Johanna “Jean” (nee Ondra) Hohan.
Richard graduated from Midland High School, Class of 1947. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree of English from the University of Pittsburgh, the first of his family; having attended on a track and field scholarship.
He married the former Anne Lechman on December 29, 1951.
Richard enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Corporal.
He retired from Ohio Bell Telephone Company, now AT&T in 1986 as Vice President of Operations after more than 30 years of service.
Richard was a devoted member of St. Edward Catholic Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, where he served as past Grand Knight in Venice Florida. Richard was inducted into Midland High School Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic talent in Track. He was also involved in the Pitt Letterman Club from his alma mater.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mrs. Anne Hohan of Ashland; two daughters, Maureen (Jack) Wilson of Euclid and Jean (Michael) Neel of Ashland; one son, Richard (Teri) Hohan of North Canton; seven grandchildren, Katie (Tom) Bildstein of Willowick, Erin (Keith) Grywalski of Delaware, Michael Neel of Columbus, Thomas Neel of Belmont, California, Richard Neel of Ashland, Jenna Hohan of Nashville, Tennessee, and Sean Hohan of North Canton; four great grandchildren, Taylor, Peyton, and Tommy Bildstein, and Reid Grywalski; and one sister, Joanne McDonald of Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
His family would not be complete without his beloved canine companion, Surprise, who he walked every day.
In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by one sister, Mary Lou Forristall.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Edward Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Reverend Father Rod Kreidler officiating. Interment will be in the Ashland County Memorial Park where the Ashland Veteran’ Honor Guard will conduct full military honors. Friends may call, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward School, 433 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.
Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements for the Hohan family.