Richard K. Elwell, 88, of Painesville, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Kemper House in Mentor.
He was born Dec. 3, 1919, and was raised in the Toledo area. He was a 1937 graduate of Libbey High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He lived in many different locales, including Akron, Cumberland, Md., and Medina. He moved to Painesville in 2005 to be closer to his family. Mr. Elwell started his career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in 1939, retiring in 1979 as executive vice president of the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., a subsidiary of Goodyear. He was a member of Mentor United Methodist Church and a former member of Granger United Methodist Church in Medina County. He was a past commander and chaplain of Disabled American Veterans Medina Chapter 72 and was involved in the development of Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Mr. Elwell was an Army veteran, earning the rank of major. During World War II, he participated in the invasion of Normandy, landing on Utah Beach, and saw action in France and Belgium. He was awarded a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, the French Croix De Guerre and two Purple Hearts. His unit was awarded a presidential citation.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mildred L. (Smith) Elwell; sons, Richard E. (Katie) of Mentor and Jeffrey K. (Janice) of Concord; grandchildren, Carole, Richard D., Jeffrey A. and Amy Bambic; and great-grandchildren, Patsy and Abby.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole Ann; parents, Robert and Bernice; and brother, Robert.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Mentor United Methodist Church, 8600 Mentor Ave.
The burial will be private at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve Inc., 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, 44060; or the Kemper House Employees Fund, 8300 Mentor Hills Blvd., Mentor, 44060.
Arrangements were handled by Davis-Babcock Funeral Home in Willoughby.