Richard J. Ewald, 79, of Tiffin, died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.
Richard was born April 3, 1934, in Tiffin, to Herman J. and E. Jane (Chamberlain) Ewald. He married Eulalia "Chris" (Bugner) Oct. 24, 1959, in Alvada, and she survives in Tiffin.
Other survivors include a son, Michael (Jackie) Ewald of Stow; a daughter, Melinda (Deb Pierce) Ewald of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Andrew and Allison Ewald; a brother, James R. (Jane) Ewald of Tiffin; 20 international children, Maria of Brazil, Peter, Fredrik and Johan of Sweden, Oivind of Norway, Martin of The Netherlands, Mario, Juan and Jordi of Spain, Kyoko of Japan, Andreas of Germany, Nicholas of Australia, Ronald of Denmark, Dirk of Belgium, Kari of Finland, Alex and Simon of Switzerland, Elina of Russia, and Marija and Damir of Croatia; and 31 international grandchildren.
Richard was a 1952 graduate of Calvert Catholic High School and attended Heidelberg University. He served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa from 1956-1958. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus, AMVETS, Eagles and Moose lodges. He was co-owner of Ewald Furniture, a private pilot of a Cessna 150 and loved his family, faith and work.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113. A wake service will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. The rosary will be recited 20 minutes prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, with the United Veterans Council of Seneca County performing military rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Catholic Schools or Community Hospice Care in care of the funeral home.
To send condolences or for directions to the funeral home, visit www.traunerofuneralhome.com.