Richard “Dick” H. Fitch, 90, of Herscher passed away September 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born May 5, 1929 in Newark, NY to Edward and Rose (Case) Fitch. Dick married Elizabeth (DeVelder) February 16, 1947 and she died January 30, 1986. He married Dolores (Riley) March 14, 1987 and she died November 24, 2013.
Richard was a paper manufacturing supervisor and retired from Riverwood International. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher, former president of Legion of Mary Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, “Honor Guard”, former village board member, Eucharistic Minister, prison ministries and did volunteer work at hospitals, nursing homes and veterans’ hospitals. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, golf, traveling, Karaoke at Crazy Joe’s and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law; Mike (Liesel Bonawitz) Fitch, of Macedon, NY, Dan (Stella) Fitch of Randolph, WI, Rick (JoEllen) Riley of Bradley, IL, Ronald (Beth) Riley of Brea, CA, Gary (Jenny) Riley of Gardner, IL, his daughters and son-in-law; Nancy (Harold) Welcher of Newark, NY, Amy Fritz, (Jay Galligan) of Kankakee, IL, Cindy (Ron) Gagnon of Kankakee, IL, Rhonda (Joe) Berns of Herscher, IL, Kathy (Rodney ) Meli of Kankakee, IL, 26 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Jim (Donna) Fitch of Fairport, NY and a brother-in-law, Harry (Phyllis) Bailey of Lyons, NY and special friend Verna Tompkins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth, his wife, Dolores, a son, Timmy Fitch, two sisters; Janet Bailey and Helen Smith and a grandson, Ryan Gagnon.
A visitation was from 4 - 8 pm on Wednesday, October, 2, 2019 at Schreffler Funeral Home, Kankakee Chapel. The funeral took place at 11 am on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley and Masses.