ESTERO, FL — Richard (Rick) Joseph Judy, 65, formerly of Upper Sandusky, OH, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, FL after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Though sickness may have overtaken his physical body, Rick ultimately won the battle in heaven and found complete healing and eternal peace with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Rick was born in Killeen, Texas on October 8, 1954 to the late Robert and Mary Catherine (Kay) Judy. He is survived by the love of his life, Chris Miller, whom he shared 28 wonderful, memorable years with. Rick enjoyed being a “snowbird,” spending time in both Ohio and Florida. He lived a simple, yet meaningful life that was dedicated to his family, his friends and his community.
Rick is also survived by siblings Karen (Chris) Wherry of Dayton, OH, Lynn Hammond of Halifax, VA and David Judy of Sheffield Lake, OH. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Judy.
Rick was a proud father to sons Bryan (Andrea) Judy of Commerce Township, MI, Aaron (Gail) Miller of Louisville, KY and Nathan (Brianna) Miller of Upper Sandusky, OH; and to daughters Megan Judy of Marion, OH and Lindsey (Dustin) Splawn of Upper Sandusky, OH.
Rick was a loving grandfather to his 9 amazing “grand stars” Ali, Mia, Jake, Alanna, Christian, Micah, Hunter, Paisley and Blake. Whether he was attending a dance recital or sporting event, watching them swim, playing with them at the park or just relaxing with them at home…his eyes lit up around his grandchildren and they were his true pride and joy. Rick loved spoiling them with love and attention — and ice cream!
Rick was a 1972 graduate of Marion Catholic High School in Marion, OH and also attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, generous spirit, friendly banter and fun-loving nature. He was a thoughtful, loyal friend to many; he especially enjoyed keeping in touch with his “Class of ’72” friends. Rick felt most at home on the golf course, playing his favorite sport as often as he could. He also enjoyed car shows, boating, traveling, watching Ohio State Buckeyes football and playing games of skill and chance.
Rick was a man of faith; his love for God widened on every mountaintop and his trust in God deepened in every valley. To put his faith into action, Rick’s life mission became serving the homeless population in Fort Myers, FL. The ministry that he and Chris started together became known as “Friday Night in the Park,” which was where they fed empty stomachs and nurtured hungry souls each and every week.
In loving memory of Rick and in tribute to his selflessness, you are invited to join his mission to serve and feed the homeless in lieu of flowers or gifts. Monetary donations for “Friday Night in the Park” may be sent by mail to Chris Miller, 20680 Port Drive, Estero, FL 33928, and will be used for food, toiletries, clothing, blankets and other items that are routinely distributed to those in need.
A “celebration of life” memorial service will be held at a later date.