Monday, March 09, 2009


Richard A. Watling, 74, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at Community Health Partners in Lorain.

Richard was born January 12, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio by his parents, Edward J. and Aurelia (nee: Reising) Watling.

He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lorain. He was raised and resided in Lorain. He attended Lorain High School and enlisted in the United States Army on March 16, 1953. He was a Field Communications Specialist while serving his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army of Occupational Medal. He returned from war to meet the love of his life, Virginia A. (nee: Medaglia), whom he married on June 29, 1957. Richard worked as a car salesman and attended Oberlin Business College before starting his career with the Lorain Fire Department. He assisted in implementing the Lorain Rescue Squad and was an active member. He served as a Fireman in Lorain befor 25 years retiring on October 25, 1985.

Richard was very athletic: ice and roller skating, basketball, football and bowled with the Firemen’s League. He boated and fished frequently. He was a scratch golfer and welcomed competition in billiards and poker.

He was an accomplished chef who was known for his exquisite beef brisket.

Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lorain; American Legion Post 30; and VFW Post 451.

Richard is survived by his cherished wife of 51 years of marriage, Virginia A. Watling; three daughters Christine A. (Pierre) Monroe of Columbus, OH, Laura A. (Tom) Jones of Fairview Park and Mariann M. Watling of Lorain; three sisters, Sally Fitzgerald, Kathy Watling, and Sandi Reed; three brothers Jim, Herb and Ed Watling; five grandchildren, Chad Kudlo, Sarah and Dominick Mase, Zachary Jones and Olivia Watling; and one great grandson, Ashton Kudlo.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 4-7 PM.

Prayer will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:20 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at St. Anthony of Padua, 1305 E. Erie Ave., Lorain, Fr. Joseph West, O.F.M. Conv., officiating.

Burial services will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, OH. Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave. #239 Cleveland, OH 44115.


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