Richard Ray Elerick 69, of Leetonia, died at 9:20 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018, in the emergency room of Salem Regional Medical Center, after taking ill at home.
He was born on November 18, 1948, in Dennison, Ohio, the son of the late Herbert Ray Elerick, Margaretta Lydia (Gordon) Bickerton and stepfather, Chester Bickerton.
He was a self-employed truck driver for many years. He later worked for RT Vernal Paving Company in North Lima as a driver and heavy equipment operator for 20 years.
Rick was very proud to have been a United States Marine and willing to tell you.
He was a very strong man, yet simple. He would give you the shirt off his back to help those in need. A big fan of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and loved to ride and race them. The Quaker City dragstrip was a common place to find him in his 79 Chevy Nova or car shows with the 68 C10 Chevy.
Rick had friends all over the area that he enjoyed spending time with; as well as, family. A member of the Leetonia Eagles Aire 1496 and American Legion Post 0131 and a life member of Washingtonville VFW Post 5532. He also had a passion for guns.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married on November 17, 2017, Susan Marie (Sexton) Elerick, who have been together for 24 years; his children, Angela Elerick-Graves of Cleveland, Ricki (Chris) Williams of Virginia, Eric Elerick of Cleveland, Josh Elerick of Leetonia, Christopher Klasic and Laura Klasic, both of Leetonia; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Sandy Albaugh of Dennison, William Bickerton of Salem, Bruce (Theresa) Bickerton of North Carolina, Deborah (Bob) Blanchard of Homeworth, Paula (Bob) Howe of East Palestine, Patricia (William) Hoffman of Homeworth and Charles Bickerton of Salem.
In addition to his parents and stepfather, he was preceded by a brother, Chester Bickerton.
There will be a celebration of life service, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 4:00 p.m. (sharp), at the Washingtonville VFW. The Salem Honor Guard will be offering military honors in front of the helicopter outside, followed by a short service by Pastor Kari Lankford.
The service will then move inside the dining hall where a memorial meal will be served.
He will be entombed in the new columbarium in Grandview Cemetery in Salem.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem.