Richard Q. "Dick" Wellbaum, 89, of Perry Twp, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019. He was born on March 6, 1930 in Cambridge, OH, the second of three boys born to Golda and Henry Wellbaum. Dick and his family relocated to the Canton area when he was six years old. He graduated from Timken High School in 1949 and attended Canton Actual College, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.
Over the years, Dick worked as a tool designer at a number of companies in Stark County, before finding his way to Redicon Corporation in 1975. He retired from Redicon in 1995 after 20 years of employment as a senior engineer. His co-workers will affectionately remember him as "Bomber", a nickname he cherished.
Dick was a loving and faithful husband to Gerry, his wife of 63 years. He was the proud father of three sons, Gary of Columbus, Wayne of North Canton and Carl of Perry Twp. He also leaves his brother Ronald (Holly) Wellbaum of Michigan; sisters-in-law Donna Lake of Canton and Sue Wellbaum of Michigan; former sister-in-law Donna Judd of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews, including his nephew Tommy, of whom he was especially fond. Many referred to him as "Uncle Dick".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Wellbaum; aunt Harriet Torr and special cousin Pauline Mallory. Dick and Gerry raised their three sons in Perry Township, where they lived for 60 years.
He was an avid photographer, taking thousands of pictures of everything and anything. From a young age, he loved working on and caring for his cars, a passion that continued throughout his life. Dick also loved watching sports, particularly the Indians, Browns and the Buckeyes, for whom he had difficulties handling a loss.
For the past 13 years, Dick exercised and, more often, socialized with people he met at Aultman West. He rarely met someone he didn't talk to, often for hours. His family will fondly remember him as a kind and caring soul who rarely had a bad word for anyone. His love for his family will be remembered as the focus of his life.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11am at the Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 5-7pm and one hour prior to the service from 10-11am on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Please visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to send condolences.