COSHOCTON — Harlan D. “Ootz” Richesson, 83, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010, at his residence in Coshocton, Ohio.
He was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Coshocton to the late Curnell and Inda (Thompson) Richesson. Ootz was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was employed at Clow’s and G.E., prior to moving to California in 1955 and then was employed by Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. in California and Coshocton until his retirement in 1985. He was also the owner of the Walnut Street Inn and the Two Way Inn for several years. Ootz was a member of the American Legion Post 65, where he was the finance officer for many years, and also the finance officer for the American Legion 10th District for several years. He was a member of the Eagles and Moose lodges in Coshocton, and a lifetime member of the AMVETS Post 36, and the VFW Post 2040. He enjoyed golfing, cooking, bowling, and spending time with his cats, Sophie and Felix. Ootz was a man who loved life with a passion. He touched the life of everyone he came in contact with, and will be deeply missed by family and friends. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Pigman) Richesson; one daughter, Phyllis (Rick) Phelps of West Lafayette; two stepsons, Michael (Pamela) Fuller of Mount Vernon and Brad Fuller of Coshocton; one stepdaughter, Lynnette Fuller of Coshocton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Richesson of Newark; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Denise Grewell; three brothers, Bob, Jim and Hap; and one sister, Ramona Smalley.
Funeral service will be Thursday, March 18, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Given-Dawson Funeral Home, Coshocton, with Pastor Ron Davis officiating. Burial will follow in South Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. and until the time of the service on Thursday morning.
Memorial donations can be made in Ootz’s name to Hospice of Coshocton, P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton, OH 43812. An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawsonfuneralhome.com.