At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and participated in the Bikini Atoll Atomic Bomb Test. Richard worked as a Tool and Die Maker at Ridge Tool Co. in Elyria for 32 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Richard was an accomplished custom knife maker and engraver with international customers. His talent and passion inspired him to handcraft an award winning 36 foot vintage wooden boat that he enjoyed with his family and friends for decades. His backyard was the site of many wonderful, annual gatherings. He also was a very passionate fan of Buckeye Football.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years of marriage, Rita (nee DeLuca) Spinale; children, Dominic (Charlene), Dr. Richard (Rebecca), Kathy, David and Michael Spinale; grandchildren, Sarah, Dominic, Kim, Katie, Elizabeth, Samantha, Sophia, Nicholas, Noah and Matthew; great granddaughters, Charla, Hannah, Allyson and Grace: sister, Josephine Gasser; and many loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominic and Josephine Spinale; brothers, Joseph, Patrick, Sam and Frank Provenza.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961, Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3 to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:20 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 24, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Rev. Gerald J. Keller, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain. where military honors will be performed by the Italian American Veterans Post #1.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s own choice.