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Official Obituary of

Richard "Rich" A. Focht Jr.

March 17, 1947 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Richard "Rich" Focht Jr. Obituary

Richard Allen Focht Jr., 76, of Tiffin, fell asleep in the arms of the Lord, at 1:01PM Monday, March 4, 2024 at his residence, surrounded by his family.  

Rich was born in Tiffin to the late Richard Allen Sr. and Mary Yvonne (LaGrone) Focht on March 17, 1947. He married Marcia Graham on May 30, 1981 and she survives in Tiffin. 

Other survivors include his sons, Todd (Britny) Focht and Timothy (Kate) Focht both of Tiffin; daughter, Bridget (Joshua) Simpson of Huntersville, North Carolina; six grandsons, Jaxon, Louis, Samuel, Sebastian, Alexander and Michael Focht all of Tiffin; sisters, Mary Jane Might of Sebring, Fl and Patty (Chris) Belville of Tiffin; brothers, Bill (Anne) Focht, Tom Focht, and Jerry (Donna) Focht all of Charlotte, North Carolina; wonderful in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews and Steve Nobil, a lifelong friend since the age of 7.

He is predeceased by his parents, sister Marsha Paull, in-laws Bill Might, Don Paull and nephew Tony ”Spud” Speaker.

He graduated from Columbian High School in 1965. Rich passionately participated in football, basketball and track. He was befittingly inducted in to the Columbian High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Baldwin Wallace College. There he played Football and Track; receiving All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors and was an OAC and NCAA champion. In 2015, he was inducted in to their Athletic Hall of Fame. While in attendance, Rich was a member of the ATO Fraternity forming many lasting friendships.

Upon graduation, Rich served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers from 1969 to 1971. He returned to Tiffin after receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1972. After his departure from the Army, he worked with his father at Focht Brothers Construction. He eventually became President and owner until the business was liquidated in 1986. Rich was a civil servant from 1988-2013 working as Tiffin City Administrator, and the President and CEO of SIEDC and the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce. Throughout those years, some of his greatest personal accomplishments were the development of two industrial parks in Tiffin and the new businesses he helped bring to town. Some of which being, Taiho Corp. of America, American Fine Sinter, Lowes, and the restoration and refurbishing of the old Shawhan Hotel. Rich was appointed to the Tiffin City Council where he served as councilman and interim president. He was also a board member of the National Machinery Foundation and past president of The Tiffin Seneca Day Care. He loved the town of Tiffin and spent many years devoted to keeping it a great place to live and raise a family.

Rich was a great athlete, competitor and lifelong student of Golf. You could always find him perfecting his swing! He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his family and friends whenever he had the chance. Rich loved Motown music, had a great sense of humor, and a huge heart. At times he could be a relentless tease but all in fun. Rich was a member of St. Elizabeth New Martyr Mission Church in Moline, Ohio and recently had been working hard to direct the church renovation and restore the building to a place of worship. Rich loved the Lord and lived a life of Faith. He was an imperfect human being who asked forgiveness often and for Grace and Mercy from his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He gave all Glory to God for any of his accomplishments.

Rich was most Loved and Blessed through his marriage of 42 years to his wife, Marcia and the family that they built together. He was a devoted husband and father, always letting his family know how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. He devoted his life to providing for his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and loved them deeply. To his grandchildren he was known as “Papa.” He led his family well and is remembered fondly by them. He will be sorely missed! May his Memory be Eternal and his Soul through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace.

Funeral services for Rich will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, March 8, 2024 at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin. Visitation for family and friends will also be held on Friday, from 11:00 a.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers please make donations to St Elizabeth New Martyr Mission or the Braille Institute of America at brailleinstitute.org. 

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Visitation
Friday
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Engle-Shook Funeral Home
135 North Washington Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

Funeral Service
Friday
March 8, 2024

1:00 PM
Engle-Shook Funeral Home
135 North Washington Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

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