It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Richard 'Dick' Ortil. Dick's wife Pat, is an active member of the Society and has served on our board in several different positions. Dick was a wonderful man and was always willing to help wherever and whenever needed. Dick will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.
Richard “Dick” Ortli, 76, of Bellefontaine, died at home unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. He was born in Cleveland on May 19, 1940, to the late Harold S. and Marie Janosek Ortli. He also was preceded in death by a half-sister, Patricia Ortli McAllister. His is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Gravatt Ortli; his son, John (Julie) Ortli of Upper Arlington; a daughter, Diane (Bob) Raymond of Port Clinton; and six grandchildren, Grant, Christopher, Marin and Addison Raymond and Nicholas and Lauren Ortli. Richard graduated from Parma High School and received a BA from Baldwin-Wallace College. He taught music in Ohio and Colorado where he received his MA in school administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
He served in the United States Coast Guard From 1958 to1966. From 1965 to 1973, Dick and Pat lived in Colorado where their children were born. Teaching music and elementary school led him back to Ohio to Logan County where he taught music at Benjamin Logan High School, fourth grade at West Mansfield and served as principal at Belle Center Elementary School. His career was completed as the curriculum supervisor for the Logan County School System.
An avid reader and fisherman, he also was a gifted carpenter, building wonderful cabinets and hutches in addition to building the home in which they lived for many years. Hiking, camping and traveling the United States, Canada, and Mexico consumed many summer days.
A celebration of life is set from 3 to 6 p.m. March 3 at the Logan County History Center. The Logan County Veterans Honor Guard conducts military honors at 5:45 p.m. Memorial donations may be given to the Logan County History Center, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine. Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com
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