FREDERICKTOWN — Richard Albert Scarbrough, 94, of Fredericktown and formerly of Mount Vernon, died after a courageous fight with Alzheimer’s on Saturday morning, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Emeritus at HillenVale, where he had been living.
Richard was born in Mount Vernon on April 17, 1919, to the late Albert Newton “Burt” and Celia Grace (Inks) Scarbrough. He lived in Fredericktown his entire life, graduating from Fredericktown High School in 1937. Dick was one of the original merchants of Main Street in Fredericktown. He began his working career at Scarbrough Hardware with his father. Their motto was: “99 to 1 we have it!” He owned and managed the store after his father’s death. Richard married on Feb. 6, 1957, to Helen Juanita Wise, his surviving soul mate, living in the same home he grew up in. After 65 years of enjoying, helping his friends and everyone that came through the doors of his store, Richard retired.
Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Paymaster, surviving the harrowing attack of Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a trustee and treasurer. Richard was a Mason and a member of Thrall Lodge 170 F&AM, Ann Hill Chapter 81 Order of Eastern Star, Fellowcraft Club, and the Aladdin Shrine Temple, Valley of Columbus Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the American Legion in Fredericktown. He was honored when he reigned as marshal of the 28th Annual Fredericktown Tomato Show parade.
Richard and his wife, Helen, wintered in Florida for the last 27 years at Horseshoe Cove RV Park in Bradenton. He enjoyed square dancing, golf, shuffleboard and playing cards. After retiring he enjoyed traveling to the Panama Canal, Europe and many of the 50 states, especially Alaska and Hawaii with his best friend — his wife Helen.
Richard is survived by his wife, Helen (Wise) Scarbrough; a niece, Janice (Bill) Horn of Mansfield; two nephews, John (Sandy) Reed of Geraldine, Mont., and Kenneth (Debbie) Reed of Fredericktown; great-nephews and great-nieces; a cousin, Carrol (Ann) Scarbrough of Findlay.
Besides his parents, Richard is preceded in death by nephew, John Christopher Reed; two cousins, Chester and Clarence.
Loved ones and friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College St. in Fredericktown, Ohio, where a Masonic Service will take place followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. A committal service will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown, where a military service will take place by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown Voluntary Fire Department.
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