Richard D. “Rich” Messersmith, Jr.
Richard D. “Rich” Messersmith, Jr., age 57, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 23, 2016 while at work.
Rich was born October 9, 1958 in Mansfield, the son of the late Richard D. and Opal J. (Latimer) Messersmith, Sr.. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving both stateside and in Germany. Rich was proud to earn his G.E.D. after his military service. He was a truck driver his entire life and was currently working for Ru-D Trucking in Ashland. He was a member of the Shelby American Legion, Shelby Owl’s Club, Shelby VFW where he had been the men’s auxiliary president, and was a life member of the Amvets. Rich enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and golfing. He also enjoyed his garden which he swore he would never replant but it always reappeared each year. He especially loved spending time with his children.
Rich is survived by his wife, Sheila Ann (Owens) Messersmith, whom he wed on November 4, 1991. Also surviving are his 3 children: Heath Messersmith (partner, Mark Hively) of Shelby, Heather Messersmith (fiancé, Donald Manuel) of Butler, and Michael Messersmith (partner, Teressa Carter) of Shelby; 4 sisters: Diana (James) Haley of Shelby, Debra (Don) Adkins of Crestline, Kim Messersmith (Kevin Wappner) of Shelby, and Randie (John) Boyer of Shelby; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews, including a special nephew, Nick Kollar, Jr.. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ross Adkins.
Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will follow at 4 PM with Pastor Michael Bloomfield of Shelby First United Methodist Church officiating.
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