Richard Coe Ninde, dearly beloved, died June 14th, 2007, in residence at Kendal at Oberlin surrounded by family and friends. Born March 17, 1917 in Fort Wayne, IN, he was the third son of Daniel and Margaret Coe Ninde. Richard graduated from Andover in 1935, Harvard in 1939, and Harvard Business School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy as a second Lieutenant during WWII. Subsequently he worked for many years at Marble Cliff Quarries in Columbus, serving first as Foreman and later as President. Richard married Nanciann Kaufman Ninde in 1943. They enjoyed 63 years together before her death, September 16, 2006. Most of their married life they lived in Columbus. They built a cottage in the Bay of Islands, Ontario, Canada in 1958 and it provided them with many years of pleasure and wood-splitting opportunities. While in Columbus, Richard served on several boards including, Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club, Children's Hospital, the YMCA, and United Way. Avid philanthropists, he and Nancy were strong supporters of The Columbus Foundation and established The Ninde Scholars in Oberlin to support local students to receive a college education.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan Ninde Lanier of Santa Fe, NM and Whitefish Falls, ON, Canada and her children, Sarah Lindley Jefferson and Emma Ward Tresemer; his son, Michael Coe Ninde of Columbus; his nieces, Peg Purcell, Jane Ninde and Mary Margaret Jacques; and his companion, Eleanor Woolman Devereaux of Oberlin.
He was predeceased by his brothers, David and Daniel Ninde of Durham, NH.
A gathering for family and friends will be Saturday June 30, from 3 P.M. until a 5 P.M. A service, celebrating his life in the private dining room of Kendal at Oberlin. Richard and Nancy will be buried in Durham Cemetery, Durham, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to The Ninde Scholars, c/o The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, 1865 North Ridge Road East, Lorain, OH 44052. Arrangements by Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service Elyria, OH.