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Richard "Dick" C. Pinkelman
Richard C. “Dick” Pinkelman, age 77, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on July 22. He was born January 3, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio, to James and Catherine (Leffel) Pinkelman. Dick was a 1961 graduate of Fulton Centralized Local and attended two years of college. Dick started his career at Toledo Scales, and later worked as an electrical engineer for Palmer & Associates for 27 years, and TECO for 15 years before retiring in 2009.
On May 22, 1965, he married Dianne Miller. They enjoyed traveling in their fifth wheel to all but four of the 50 states. They were members of the Good Sam Camping Group “Loafers” in which Dick served as president for two years. Dick and Dianne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Rome, and more recently their 55th wedding anniversary here in Ohio.
Dick enjoyed playing league softball as a younger man, but found true joy more recently as a scroll saw artist. He took great pleasure creating beautiful designs for his family and friends. He also took pride in the home he and Dianne built together, and performed much of the remodeling and maintenance himself.
A devout Catholic, Dick was a very active member of St. Richard Catholic Parish in Swanton. He was involved with St. Vincent DePaul Society, Knights of Columbus, Parish Council, Endowment Board, School Board, and served as a Eucharist Minister.
Dick is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dianne; children James Patrick (Suzan) Pinkelman, Timothy Paul (Teresa) Pinkelman, Jacqueline Marie Flipse, and Philip Lee Pinkelman; grandchildren, Elizabeth Flipse, Benjamin Pinkelman, Benjamin Flipse, Natalie (Jayson) Wollmann, Lydia Pinkelman, and Liesl Pinkelman; his sister, Patricia Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, James and Catherine, and brother-in-law, William Johnson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 28th at 11:00 am at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton; visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at St. Richard Cemetery in Swanton.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to The Victory Center of Toledo or Sharon’s Cinderella Ball.
We were so sad to read about Dick. He was such a nice man. We sat next to each other making our stained glass desert scene at LaHa. He will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers.
Marilyn and Rick Mason Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM
I have many good memories of working with Dick at Toledo Scale, when he was at Palmers and at Toledo Engineering. My sincere condolences to Dianne and the family, he was a hard worker and a good friend.
Neil Kontak Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss.
Eric and Barbara Beale Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences to you Dianne and all of your children. I first met Dick while he was at Palmers and enjoyed working with him at TECO. He was a great engineer, group supervisor and friend. I especially enjoyed our time together when we were on field assignments doing checkouts and preparing the furnaces for startup.
Michael J Friess Jul 27 2020 12:00 AM
Brenda and I send our thoughts and prayers to the whole Pinkelman family. Dick was a good man and I have nothing but fond memories of growing up around the family. Except for when they served spaghetti with beans, that was rough, but I was a picky eater. God bless you all.
Chris Snyder Jul 27 2020 12:00 AM
My work desk was next to Dick's at Palmer's in the early 1970s. We talked about our part time farming work as both
our fathers were at or near retirement. Lost track after that as our work locations changed. Sounds like he had a good life, My prayers are with you.
Dave Gerwin Jul 27 2020 12:00 AM
My sympathy and prayers, Dianne, on Dick's passing. I remember your camping host days at Maumee Bay. Blessings on you and your family at this difficult time.
Sr. Donna Frey Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM
I remember Dick coming to stay at our house in Columbus when he was courting you Dianne! I thought you were so nice, and I was happy to have him visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.
Lisa Vaughn Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Richard "Dick" Pinkelman
John and Shelley Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM
Dianne and family. Condolences. We are shocked and saddened to learn of Dick's passing. We always enjoyed seeing you at LaHacienda.
Vince and Micky Wienk Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM