Angels escorted Robert Nelson “Doc” Richmond to Heaven on Oct. 27, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of his home.
“Doc,” as he was best known, was born on Feb. 28, 1930, in Cleveland, to Marjorie (nee Wheaton) and Thomas C. Richmond. He graduated from Chardon High School in 1948 and attended The Ohio State University from 1948-1953, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
He served in the United States Air Force, from 1953-1956, piloting the KC-97 Stratofreighter aerial refueling tanker. He then returned to OSU, where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. After 53 years of practice, he begrudgingly retired in 2013 at the age of 83.
With Sally, his wife of over 65 years right by his side every step of the way, their veterinary practice and community involvement flourished in Morgan County. In between spaying dogs, delivering calves and raising three girls, ”Doc” supported, served and led a tremendous number of organizations in his 91 years. They were: Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, First Presbyterian Church of McConnelsville, Morgan County Kate Love Simpson Library, Malta- McConnelsville Rotary Club, Morgan County Historical Society, Morgan County Reenactors Association, Morgan County Airport Authority, Morgan County Opera House, Valley Lodge 145, Scottish Rite, Aladdin Shrine, Morgan County Full House Players Theater Troope, Morgan County Humane Society, Malta Business Association, Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau, Lakeside Riding Club, Home Health Advisory Board, Morgan County Community Choir, Two Bridges Program and the neighborhood Card Club, where he played euchre once a month for over 40 years.
In 2010, Doc was inducted into Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; daughters, Diana (Stanley) Markus, of Oconomowoc, Wisc., Patty (Bill) Glaze, of Zanesville, and Bonnie (William) Burckel, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Jayme Markus, of Chicago, Ill., Charlie Markus, of Pasadena Calif., Victor Markus, of Baltimore, Md., Emma Glaze, of Columbus, Kara Glaze, of Athens, Ohio, William Burckel, of Bremerton, Wash., Jessica Burckel (Matthew) Balderston, of Midland, Texas, Benjamin Burckel, of Seattle, Wash., and Joseph Burckel, of Toledo; niece, Amy Line, of Malta, Ohio; nephew, John Line, of Bartlesville, Okla.; and great-nephew, Andrew Line, of Lebanon, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his brother, Thomas C. Richmond; and sister, Nancy Richmond Line.
Doc was laid to rest at First Congregational Church of Claridon, where he and Sally were married 65 years ago this past June.
A graveside service was held for family and close friends on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
The family was extremely honored for the attendance of Mom and Dad’s northern Ohio family and friends. We are especially grateful for Rev. Mary Ellen Hoffman, of the First Congregational Church of Claridon, for presiding.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the First Presbyterian Church of McConnelsville, Ohio.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.miller-huck.com.