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Richard Lee Fish, 73, finished his earthly race and was called to eternal life at 5:35 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2013 at his Columbus home.
The son of Glenn Lee and Ina Lorene (Hanner) Fish, Richard was born July 24, 1939 in Columbus. Following graduation from Columbus High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1962. Returning home after discharge, he worked nearly 35 years as a U.S. Department of Labor recognized Skill Trades Journeyman for Cummins Engine Company as a machine repairman.
Bicycle riding, fishing, organic gardening, artistic drawing, hunting, camping, woodworking and tinkering were among his favorite activities. He attended several area churches and finished his faith walk at First Church of the Nazarene in Columbus. He served as a Sunday school teacher throughout his life teaching children, youth and adults.
Richard married Florence Foster in Columbus on October 18, 1963. She preceded him in death on November 1, 1989. He then married Sharon (Hammond) Snyder in Columbus on June 13, 1992. She survives along with his two children, the Rev. Greg (Barb) Fish of Woodsfield, Ohio, and Stephanie (John) Bates of Avon. Also surviving is a sister, Gloria (Ralph) Martin of Columbus; grandchildren, Kyle, Alyssa, and Carly Bates of Avon, and Jackie (Peter) White of Tulsa, Okla.; and a great-grandchild, Coen White of Tulsa, Okla.
He is also survived by his extended family, Randy (Julie) Snyder and Rhonda (Jack) St. Clair, all of Columbus, along with their children; Joshua (Jennifer) Snyder of Hillsboro, Ore., Brook Snyder, Phillip Ramsey, Aaron (Dawn) Compton, Emily (Cody) Fleetwood, and Matthew St. Clair, all of Columbus and Christopher St. Clair of Savannah Ga.; their grandchildren, Kayla, Macey, and Meah Ramsey, Isiah Rudicel, Zoe Fleetwood, and Gage St. Clair, all of Columbus, Hadley St. Clair of Butlerville and Taylor Zehner of Hillsboro, Ore.
In addition to his wife Flo, Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack, James and Jerry Fish; and a sister, Martha (Fish) Henderson.
His celebration of life will be conducted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene on McClure Road with the Rev. Greg Fish and the Rev. Mel Nead officiating. Burial will follow at Daugherty Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home or directly to IU Foundation/Pancreatic Cancer Research and mailed to: IU Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245; or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.