YESTERDAY AND NOW Richard A. “Richie” “Dick” “Papa” Pasher, 85, passed away on August 14, 2021. He was born in Steubenville, OH, lived his life in Akron and most recently resided in Tallmadge, OH. Dick graduated from East High School in 1954 and went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education at Akron University, where he met his wife. He worked as a teacher and counselor for Akron Public Schools, retiring after more than 30 years of service. Dick was a longtime dedicated and active member of the Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ in Akron. He enjoyed owning vintage Porsches and taking fishing trips to Canada for many years. Dick was also an avid reader, enjoyed the challenge of fixing things, exercised regularly, and was known for his sense of humor. Dick was very active after his retirement, volunteering for a wide range of activities including the Willard Food Pantry, teaching adults to read, working as a tour guide at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and for metro parks, teaching in young people how to fish. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred H. and Celia (Jacobs) Pascher; and her sister, Judith (Robert) Spring. Dick will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Dottie (Dorothy Ann Walker); son, Gregory (Christine Gongos) Pasher; grandson, William Joseph Walker Pasher and son, Mark (James Hekman) Pasher; sister, Suzanne Pascher-Curry; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Jon, deceased) Loffman, Janice (Jack) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. The family expresses their deep gratitude to Mandy and Debbie of Cleveland Clinic Hospice for their compassionate care. Visitations will be on Friday August 27, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ, 2095 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313. The family kindly requests masks to be worn during the tour and memorial service. Memorial donations, if desired, can be made to Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ (https://fairlawnwest.org/giving) or the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank (https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/donate-money) or Camp Sunshine of Aurora (https://www.campsunshineofaurora.org/donate) where grandson Will spent several summers. To view the tribute video, send your condolences or sign the guest book visit www.cliffordshoemaker.com. For the live stream of the memorial service, visit https://fairlawnwest.org.
Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Aug 22, 2021.