Richard Insley Cobun, Sr.

PERRYSVILLE:  Of Dick Cobun’s many talents he was never blessed with the ability to make a long story short! Oh, he never knew a stranger – wherever he went he encountered someone he knew – largely because he never forgot a face, never forgot a name, never forgot their story. Dick Cobun had a memory that was awesome. Presented with a situation, Dick had a diagnosis, a theory, a well researched history, and a solution to any problem. He had a near photographic memory. And Dick Cobun could talk with anyone!

Dick’s mind and memory are at rest, as he passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 89.

Born Richard Insley Cobun February 24, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William S. and Margaret Anna (Spilker) Cobun, his family vacationed at Buckeye Lake – and just never went back to Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Hebron High School in 1950 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French from Ashland College.

He began a career teaching languages in Ashland High School, and later Newark and Millersport High Schools. He soon decided teaching was not for him, so his analytic mind led him to a position as a machinist. He worked in several area shops, and retired from the former Fisher Service.

Described as a gentleman farmer, Dick earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed boating on Lake Erie. But it was transportation by four wheels that attracted him the most: his classic car collection included a Hudson, a 1941 Ford and three Model “A” Fords. For years he was a member of Copus Hill Model A Ford Club.

He is survived by his wife Edith (Luke) Cobun; their daughter Laura (Russell) Mitchner of Cortland; a daughter-in-law Elizabeth Cobun of Columbus; and a brother Harry Earl “Butch” Cobun of Homosassa, Florida.

An awesome grandfather, he was “PopPop” to April Gay ( Salem) Sayer of Atlanta, Georgia, Fiona Cobun of Columbus, Bradley Keith (Jessi) Mitchner of Champion, and Gregory Michael Mitchner of Columbus; great grandchildren Gavyn Mitchner, Mason Sardich, Brantley Mitchner, Carolina Sayer, Salem Sayer, Jr, Celia Sayer, William Sayer, and Samantha Sayer;

He was preceded in death by a son Richard Insley Cobun, Jr., a brother William S. “Bill” Cobun, and a sister Karen Frey.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the Cobun family with compassionate cremation care. Though the Cobun family will be holding no public services, it is their wish that you hold Dick’s memory in your heart every time you see a Model “A” or Classic Car.

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