Richard  Madison


Richard J. Madison
NORTH KINGSVILLE - Richard J. Madison, 71, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2019.
He was born in Ashtabula on June 14, 1947 the son of Armas and Ida (Revel) Madison.
Richard was a graduate of Harbor High School's Class of 1965 and went on to earn his degree from Kent State University.
He proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1967-1971 aboard the USS Kretchmer and the USS England.
On October 27, 1973 he married Kathy Volpone. They have been blessed with 45 years together.
He retired from Reliance Electric after 30 years of service and went on to work 10 more years for Hadlock Plastics until his retirement in 2012.
Richard was an avid sailor and he enjoyed racing his sailboat for many years. He was a member of The Ashtabula Yacht Club (AYC) and was a Fleet Captain. He was the past District President of The American Society for Quality Control and was also an avid Amateur Radio operator under the call sign "KC8FNJ".
He was very proud of his 100% Finnish heritage and he and Kathy have been very fortunate to have vacationed all across the United States, especially their long winter trips to Scottsdale, AZ.
He is survived by his wife Kathy; his sister Jane (Bill) Icely; his mother-in law Madge Volpone; his sister-in-law Janis (Bob) Crowell, his brother-in-law Lenny (Angie) Volpone; his nephews: Billy Icely, Shawn Icely, Christopher Crowell, David Crowell and Seve Volpone; his niece Mia Volpone; and his two God Children: Michael Valentic and Kristen Capitena-Cruz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law Donald Volpone.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 at the Czup Funeral Home, 1329 Lake Avenue Ashtabula. Funeral services will begin at 5:00 on Sunday with Deacon Rich Johnson from Our Lady of Peace Parish officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to The Finnish-American Heritage Association or to Bethany Lutheran Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Published on April 26, 2019
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19 posts

Jackie Valentic Kane
May 14, 2019
Kathy, so sorry to hear of the loss of Dick. I do remember what good friends he and my brother Roland were. They are probably sailing away some where together. Take care. You will be in my prayers.
John & Mary Efantis
May 04, 2019
Kathy, our deepest condolences to you on the loss of Dick. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.
May 03, 2019
Sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. We went to school together. He was always a nice person and a pleasure to be with. My deepest sympathies to the family
Daniel J Clint
May 03, 2019
Very sad to learn of Dick’s passing. Many racing memories, RIP. Condolences Kathy.
Suanne and Mark Esposito
Apr 30, 2019
So saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was such a kind man with a huge heart. I feel very blessed to have known him in such a short time. May he rest in the arms of Angels.
Joe Majka
Apr 29, 2019
Very Sorry to hear of your Loss . Hopefully you can find peace in all the great memories you have from the years you spent together .
Patti Gentene McNeil
Apr 28, 2019
Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jim & Carrie Cozy
Apr 28, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dick 's passing. We remember his kindness when we came to AYC.
Jayne Colin Currie
Apr 28, 2019
Prayers for Richard and his beautiful family. Kathy you are in our thoughts and prayers ....God speed. All our love,Jayne and Bob
Cynthia Giannelli
Apr 28, 2019
So very sorry, Kathy, for this devastating loss. My heart and prayers go out to you today and may God give you strength. Love, Cynthia
Ken Pulkkinen
Apr 28, 2019
We grew up together! We were acolytes together. We double dated.with our respective girl friends! He was really happy being a ham radio operator! He was a great friend
Sandra Pohjala Huddleston
Apr 27, 2019
My deepest sympathy for Dicks passing. He was my cousin and will miss the kidding we would do over Facebook. He was such a great person, always smiling and loved to tease. My prayers are with you.
Ann Wilson Higbee
Apr 27, 2019
Remembering Dick as a loving and caring man...close friend of my husband...loving husband to Kathy. Many cherished memories of the 4 of us.
Carol Woodworth
Apr 27, 2019
Sorry for the loss of Dick, Kathy. He was a good friend, especially letting me know I was still a club member when I lost Bob. He was there and helped me learn how to turn on and program the radio so I wouldn't lose touch with everyone. Dick will be missed by all of us. Love and prayers.
Myren “Pete” Gustafson
Apr 27, 2019
Dear Kathy, I heard of Richard’s passing yesterday from Chuck Koski. I am so sorry for your loss, Richard was one of my favorite co-workers at Reliance so many years ago. I will always remember his wonderful personality and great smile. My sincere condolences to you and his and your family members.
Judy and Jerry Glaus
Apr 27, 2019
Kathy, Jayne, Bill and families, we are so sorry to learn of Richard's passing. Even though we lost touch so long ago, we have so many memories of fun times on Dunbar Avenue. Huge and prayers to all of you.
Linda and John Riddell
Apr 27, 2019
To Kathy & Family,
We are sorry to hear of Richard's passing. God bless you and your families. May he RIP.
The Riddell's
John and Linda
Jim and Karen Hepler
Apr 26, 2019
So sorry for your loss . May God be with you .
Kay Ann Brabender
Apr 26, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. Remember him from our days working at Reliance . He had a great smile and was always easy to talk to. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.