Richard L. Hayduk
Birth Date: August 20, 1925
Death Date: September 5, 2018
Richard L. Hayduk, 93, of Rocky River, passed away September 5, 2018.
He was born in Cleveland, the son of the late John and Lena (nee Hanrath) Hayduk. Richard was the beloved husband of Essie Cromwell Hayduk. She predeceased him on February 18, 2014. He is the loving father of John (Kathy) and the late Mark (Louisa); cherished grandfather of Luke (Jen) Hayduk, Andrew (Jackie) Hayduk, Emily (Daniel) Ogilvy, Joseph (Katie) Hayduk, Amanda Hayduk and Sarah (Tony) Kelly and great-grandfather of Graeme, Annabelle, Ava, Tyler, Essie James and Jaelyn; dear brother of Karen (Bill) Dorow and adored uncle of many. He enlisted in the US Navy in August of 1943 and was Honorably discharged in March of 1946 as a Sonarman Second Class with the WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation (2 Stars), Asiatic Pacific Area (8 Stars) and American Area.
After Richard ‘s retirement from East Ohio Gas Company, he became an avid volunteer for several organizations. He was until very recently an active volunteer in the Fairview Park Meals on Wheels program, driving and delivering meals to those in need, many younger than he was! Richard was leader of the walking group at the Rocky River Senior Center for several years and continued to join the group occasionally when he was able. Just recently this group blessed him with a 93rd birthday celebration!
Above all, Richard loved his Lord and church community! He was an active and faithful member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park for over fifty years. Sunday school instruction was very important to Richard and he taught and assisted with that program for decades. Music was a delight for him! He played in the bell choir for a time and sang in the vocal choir with his son John for many years.
Richard was always involved with his family and left a loving legacy for them. He eagerly and joyfully attended events and activities and supported his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their interests. In his younger days, he would often play his accordion at family parties. Early in his retirement Richard volunteered to help one day a week at his sons’ homes with various projects. This time was especially appreciated by his daughters-in-law! He will be deeply missed by all of his friends and family and will be remembered joyfully by those who loved him!
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 21485 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park 44126. Committal services with Military Honors to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church.