Richard B. (Rick) Stinson, 73, of Grove City, OH and Bradenton, FL, formerly of New Holland and Washington Court House, OH died Monday, February 11, 2019, at 9:16 a.m. at Tidewell Bradenton Hospice House in Bradenton, FL.
Rick was born April 9, 1945, in Columbus, Ohio to Byron Briggs and Mary Ellen Asher Stinson. He was a 1963 graduate of Miami Trace High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.
Rick was a 27-year veteran and Lieutenant Colonel with the United State Air Force Reserves and served as squadron commander of the 40th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron.
He had been manager of the Washington Court House area operations for Dayton Power and Light Company and later was president of Fayette Fire and Safety Equipment.
As a successful business owner and community leader, he was involved with the Washington Lions Club; Order of the Symposiarchs; Washington Country Club; the Community Improvement Corporation; Washington Court House Athletic Boosters; the Fayette County Chapter of The Ohio State University Alumni Association; Junior Achievement of Fayette County; Fayette County Commission on Aging; Fayette County Chamber of Commerce; Fayette County Zoning Appeals and the United Way of Fayette County. Most recently he served as a member of the board of directors of the Mount Vernon Condo Association in Bradenton, FL.
On December 4, 1971, he married the former Cinda Lou Kelly. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2008.
Rick is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ericka and Keith Gehres and a granddaughter, Addison Gehres, all of West Lafayette, IN; his mother, Mary Ellen Schwart of New Holland and friend, Marci Butler of Bradenton, FL.
A graveside service, with complete military honors, will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the New Holland Cemetery. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
A celebration of life service is planned for March in Bradenton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Fayette Co. Chapter of The OSU Alumni Association, c/o Pat Gall, Scholarship Chairperson, 1102 Genevieve Drive, Washington C.H., Ohio 43160 or www.giveto.osu.edu, Fund Number 313004.