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Richard Engel

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On December 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm In Obituaries,Staff,Willoughby Hills | 6 Comments


RICHARD A. ENGEL age 76, beloved husband of Karyn “Kate” (nee Janezic); father of Brian (wife Yumi) and Debbie Greenberg (husband Brian); grandfather of Benjamin, Nathan, Keigo, and Kenji; son of the late Louis and Beverly (nee Goodman); brother of Hope Engel-Gorecki (husband Russel Bzoza), Gary (wife Marilyn), Marc Steindler (wife Gail), and the late Robin Steindler; brother-in-law of Chriss and Ted Esborn and Susan and John Schirra; dear cousin, uncle and great uncle of many.

Richard passed away on December 20, 2021 after a courageous battle with Myasthenia Gravis and is now at peace. Upon graduating from Cleveland Heights High School he enlisted in the United States Navy Submarine Service. After serving, he then went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Accounting serving as a corporate controller for many businesses. Rick proudly served the Lake County area by becoming the first owner and operator of Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in Northeast Ohio. He was truly a brilliant man. He enjoyed participating in Civil War reenactments and had an insatiable thirst for learning about history. In his spare time, he loved to travel. He made trips to all 50 states, Canada, Central America, Europe, and South America. He especially loved to go on Princess Cruises with his wife Kate, where they were able to simply relax and enjoy each other’s company as well as many unforgettable adventures. Rick’s witty and sweet demeanor will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to Civil War Preservation Trust or Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.


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Condolence from Sharon Musser on December 21st, 2021 7:20 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was such an interesting and fun-loving man. I never knew a more devoted husband. My prayers are with you.

Condolence from Patte Wylie on December 22nd, 2021 1:36 am

Kate, my sincere condolences come to you and your families. I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I so enjoyed being with you both and loved Rick’s humor. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a funny quip to say. He will be dearly missed. Hugs to you my friend, until I can do it in person. Love, Patte Wylie

Condolence from Glenn H Kogan on December 22nd, 2021 4:33 am

Friendships “Are Golden” Rick was a dear and true friend for the 37 years that I knew him. I remember when he met Kate and he was truely the happiest I ever saw him. They together lived their lives and dreams together. You will be missed Dear Friend…………But I still have the Great Memories…… My heart goes out to his family Glenn (Cookie) Kogan

Condolence from Greg Van Wey on December 22nd, 2021 8:42 am

Kate, words can’t express feelings on Rick’s passing. I always felt a strong bond with Rick – between our reenacting and live of history, to our former experiences as “brothers of the fin” in submarines. Rest easy Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. We’re always there for you.

Condolence from Letha McGraw on December 22nd, 2021 8:10 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers!!

Condolence from Chuck & Laura Scaminace on December 26th, 2021 5:08 pm

Kate and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We remember how kind Rick was and we are glad he is at peace. May God comfort you.

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