Richard N. Yoe, age 90, of Novelty, Ohio passed away peacefully on May 4th 2023 surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with leukemia. A proud Marine and husband to his loving wife Evelyn(Dinda) of 68 years, father to Mary (Jeff) Lykens and Paul (Leanne) Yoe. He is also survived by sisters, Marjorie Spanulo, Carol (Sam) Buemi, and Barbara (Ron) Skrajner, his grandchildren; Jennifer (Josh), Rebecca (Alex), Kimberly (Dillon), Hannah (Johnna), David (Lindsay). Great grand-grandchildren: Emily, Madelyn, William, Hailey, Beau, Miles, and Elliott. He is preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Michael Yoe and five daughters that died at birth; Veronica, Margaret, Susan, Therese and Judy.
Richard was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended East Tech High School where he played football. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and proudly served his country from 1951 to 1954 in the Korean War. While in the service, he met the love of his life, Evelyn hanging out at Katz Dairy Bar and fell in love at first sight. When he returned from the service, they married in 1954 and he studied architecture at Western Reserve University. After many years of hard work in the field, he started his own architecture design build firm, Marathon Management, with his wife by his side as administrative assistant and chief financial officer. Even into retirement, he continued to enjoy architecture consulting on many projects.
Richard’s joy in life was his family. He and Evelyn had a strong marriage built on faith in God that could weather life’s ups and downs. In the couple’s early years, Richard attended night school and worked to support his young family. His daughter, Mary Elizabeth was born in 1955 and then they lost 5 daughters soon after birth before adopting their son, Paul Michael in 1963.
Richard was a kind, hardworking, and generous man who put others before himself. He is known for his perseverance despite physical limitations, his attention to detail, and his joy being around family. He said words to live by are, “Live humbly and don’t take yourself too seriously.” He loved to crack jokes and laugh through life.
Throughout his life he enjoyed trips to Lake Erie, fishing trips to Canada with fish frys, many 4th of July Family Reunions, and taking care of his beautiful yard and home. He loved running, and completed 2 marathons and many ½ marathons and 10Ks prior to his amputations. He loved painting, watching old movies, playing guitar and card games. His favorite songs were “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the “Marine Corps Anthem” played on the organ by his wife.
Above all he enjoyed spending time with his family and watching them grow, sharing his legacy that will be carried on for generations to come. His grandchildren and great- grandchildren adored him and would squeal with joy as he would give them full speed wheelchair rides down the driveway and tractor rides every 4th of July. He was the best “Puck” (the grandchildren’s favorite name for him)!
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in Richard’s name to St. Joan of Arc Church, Chagrin Falls, Tunnels to Towers Foundation by visiting, t2t.org, or a charity of your choosing. Richard always wanted to give to those in need.
Visitation is Monday, May 8 from 4-7 pm at St. John Funeral Home, 16381 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge. On Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30am Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church 496 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls (live streamed).