Richard D. Emmitt, 101, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living Community, Virginia Beach.
Richard was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Tallmadge, Ohio, to Homer Ira and Lena Park Emmitt.
Richard graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1936 and Kent State University in 1941 earning a B.S. Degree in Education. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. Richard married Kathryn Elizabeth Eickleberry in June 1941. They spent 68 years together until her death in 2009.
Richard’s teaching career was interrupted with the beginning of World War II. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1942 and served with the 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry Regiment until the end of the war. After the war, he taught and was a principal in the Akron Public Schools until his retirement. During retirement, Richard enjoyed traveling, playing golf and entertaining family and friends. After Katy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he learned to quilt and took care of her until her death. He enjoyed giving the quilts to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
While living in Tallmadge, Richard was very active in the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, serving as superintendent of Sunday school, member of the board of trustees, deacon and church moderator.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; and older brother, James Franklin Emmitt.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, William (Ann) Emmitt of Tallmadge, Ohio, David (Gail) Emmitt of Cuyahoga Fall, Ohio, and Mary (Walter) North of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Michael (Teri) Emmitt, Kristin (Charles) Lally, Amanda (Matthew) Ball, Sarah North (Gustavo Langabe), Rebecca Emmitt and Timothy Emmitt; and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A graveside service will be held at later date in the Historic Tallmadge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association.
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