April 16, 2014

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Richard Harden Valentine

Valentine, RichardOBIT FLAGRichard Harden Valentine, 94, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born January 3, 1919 in Stoutsville, Ohio, to the late Floyd and Bess Valentine. He is a former resident of Soutsville, Ohio, Circleville, Ohio, Sandusky, Elyria, Parma Heights and Canton, Michigan.

Richard was valedictorian for his 1936 Clearcreek Township High School graduating class. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Capital University in 1941, where he was a member of the Chapel Choir under the direction of Ellis Snyder. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education in 1952 from The Ohio State University.

Mr. Valentine was a WWII Army veteran serving his country from 1941 through 1945, spending two years in the South Pacific Theater on Tongareva Atoll. After his honorable discharge in from the Army in 1945, he started his 30 year teaching career in Walnut Township Pickaway County, Ohio Schools as a music instructor. He also taught music in Erie County Ohio Schools, and Elyria Ohio Public Schools. He taught elementary education in Columbia Station Schools, Avon Schools and Avon Lake Schools. Richard merited the Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award while teaching in Avon Lake, an award he cherished very much.

He was married to Marvine Stuckey for 40 years from August 2, 1947 until her death in 1987 and married to Lucy Brunotts for five years from November 11, 1993 until her death in 1998.

Richard loved music, composing several songs, musicals and directing choirs. He was choir director for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sandusky and Emanuel Lutheran Church in Elyria. He was music director for the American Theater Choir in Elyria and for PTA MG Productions in Avon Lake. He also loved entertaining people by playing the piano. He especially enjoyed playing for fellow seniors at the Greenbriar in Parma and Waltonwood – Carriage Park, Canton, Michigan. Richard was a life member of the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association and VFW Post 1079 in Elyria.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (John) Zadnik of Parma; son, Stephen (Sharlene) Valentine of Canton, Michigan; step daughter, Phyllis Phillips of Lorain; sister, Mary Caroline (Robert) Bieber of Columbus; granddaughter, Elaine Zadnik; grandson, Daniel Valentine; many nieces, nephews and step grandchildren.

Besides wives Marvine and Lucy, he was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd L. and Bess (nee Harden) Valentine; and sister, Phyllis (Carl) Younkin.

A Graveside service will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1 P.M. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.

Arrangements handled by the Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake.Richard Harden Valentine, 94, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born January 3, 1919 in Stoutsville, Ohio, to the late Floyd and Bess Valentine. He is a former resident of Soutsville, Ohio, Circleville, Ohio, Sandusky, Elyria, Parma Heights and Canton, Michigan.

Richard was valedictorian for his 1936 Clearcreek Township High School graduating class. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Capital University in 1941, where he was a member of the Chapel Choir under the direction of Ellis Snyder. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education in 1952 from The Ohio State University.

Mr. Valentine was a WWII Army veteran serving his country from 1941 through 1945, spending two years in the South Pacific Theater on Tongareva Atoll. After his honorable discharge in from the Army in 1945, he started his 30 year teaching career in Walnut Township Pickaway County, Ohio Schools as a music instructor. He also taught music in Erie County Ohio Schools, and Elyria Ohio Public Schools. He taught elementary education in Columbia Station Schools, Avon Schools and Avon Lake Schools. Richard merited the Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award while teaching in Avon Lake, an award he cherished very much.

He was married to Marvine Stuckey for 40 years from August 2, 1947 until her death in 1987 and married to Lucy Brunotts for five years from November 11, 1993 until her death in 1998.

Richard loved music, composing several songs, musicals and directing choirs. He was choir director for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sandusky and Emanuel Lutheran Church in Elyria. He was music director for the American Theater Choir in Elyria and for PTA MG Productions in Avon Lake. He also loved entertaining people by playing the piano. He especially enjoyed playing for fellow seniors at the Greenbriar in Parma and Waltonwood – Carriage Park, Canton, Michigan. Richard was a life member of the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association and VFW Post 1079 in Elyria.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (John) Zadnik of Parma; son, Stephen (Sharlene) Valentine of Canton, Michigan; step daughter, Phyllis Phillips of Lorain; sister, Mary Caroline (Robert) Bieber of Columbus; granddaughter, Elaine Zadnik; grandson, Daniel Valentine; many nieces, nephews and step grandchildren.

Besides wives Marvine and Lucy, he was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd L. and Bess (nee Harden) Valentine; and sister, Phyllis (Carl) Younkin.

A Graveside service will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1 P.M. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.

Arrangements handled by the Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake.