Richard Aaron McStraw

1938 - 2019

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Richard Aaron McStraw, 81, of Findlay, passed away at 6:45pm on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Birchaven in Findlay, Ohio. He was born on February 7, 1938 in Warren, Pennsylvania to the late Ernest Lee and Martha Josephine (Fish) McStraw. On May 18, 1975, Richard married Georgia Campbell, and she preceded him in death on May 27, 2016. Richard is survived by his son, Timothy (Jodi) McStraw of McComb; stepson, Ralph (Robin) Palmer of Lima; stepdaughters: Penni Warren of Piqua, OH, and Carol Palmer of Findlay; former spouse, Carol Walburn; grandchildren: Ashlei (Skyler) Metzler, Joshua (Abigail) McStraw, Patrick (Caitlain) McStraw, and Tyler McStraw; step-grandchildren: David (Rachel) Warren, Jacob Warren, JoAnn Warren, Brent Palmer, Elizabeth (Richard) VanAtta, Laura Palmer, and Rachel Palmer; great-grandchildren: Daisy Metzler, Diesel Metzler, Paxton McStraw, Bryce Warren, Mikala Warren, Samantha Palmer, Lane Palmer, and Taylor Palmer; and his special friend, Kathy Dunham. Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Robert McStraw; and his sister, Patricia Cottrell. Richard attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and the Chadron College School of Physical Massage. In 1986, Richard opened the Massage Therapy Clinic, retiring in July of 2018. Richard also worked as a massage therapist at the Findlay YMCA for 22 ½ years. Richard was a member of the Findlay Lions Club, The United States Chess Association, Lodestar Guiding Angels for the Blind, and the American Massage Therapy Association. He was also an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Visitation will be held from 11:00am-1:00pm on Monday, December 30, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, where a funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00pm. Chaplain Jim Woodward will officiate, and burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family has requested that those who wish to do so, come dressed in Cleveland Indians attire. There will be a meal at Findlay Moose Lodge #698, 1028 West Main Cross, Findlay, directly following the burial. Memorial donations may be made to The Seeing Eye, Inc., 10 Washington Valley Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, or to Lodestar Guiding Angels for the Blind, 4210 OH-613, Leipsic, OH 45856. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, December 30th 2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, December 30th 2019 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    The Seeing Eye, Inc. - McStraw
    10 Washington Valley Rd
    Morristown, NJ 07960

    Lodestar Guiding Angels for the Blind - McStraw
    4210 OH-613
    Leipsic, OH 45856

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To : McStraw Family
Date :Thursday, December 26th 2019
From : Tammy Gettys
My Uncle Richard was one of the smartest men I've ever known. My earliest memories of him are him chasing me around my Grandma's house so he could wash my mouth out with soap and also him playing the accordion. As I grew I watched him go with my dad to bowl and play golf together. I remember stories of him being the Chess Champion for the blind. If we wanted to travel anywhere, we called my Uncle Richard for directions and when we'd all get together to play cards, he always knew who had what score, who was winning and who was losing. I will miss his humor and wit but when I saw him a couple of weeks ago, he was ready and excited to go to Heaven and see all of his family that had gone on ahead of him. Until we meet again, Uncle Richard. Love your niece,

To : Family
Date :Thursday, December 26th 2019
From : Linda Aukerman
Nicest gentlest man ever! Many many massages and some good talks. What turned into a beautiful friendship. So sorry for your loss. A great man!

To : Tim McStraw and family
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : James Graham
So sorry for your loss, Richard was a great guy he touched so many hearts and he will sadly be missed. Wish I could be there but I can't. He is in a better place and he will watch over us all and not let anything happen to anyone. He is always in your heart. God gained another perfect angel.

To : McStraw Family
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Becky Hawk
Dick will certainly be missed. He was one of a kind. Hard working and helped a lot of people with his massages. Rest In Peace Dick

To : The family of Richard McStraw
Date :Saturday, December 28th 2019
From : James Elaine Ensign
We send our sympathy and prayers to Richard's family. We have know Richard for many years as we attended the same church in McComb and also was a massage therapy client in past years.

To : Dick's Family
Date :Saturday, December 28th 2019
From : Melissa Schroeder
One of the kindest souls I have ever known. He had such a big heart! He was ornery and loved to joke! Boy did he have some great stories to tell! He will be missed!

To : The McStraw Family
Date :Sunday, December 29th 2019
From : Todd Freeman
I am sorry to read of his passing. Your family is in my prayers.

To : Richard Mcstraw
Date :Sunday, December 29th 2019
From : David WBrown
You will be sadly missed I will always remember your smiles THank you for being my friend

To : Family
Date :Sunday, December 29th 2019
From : Keith Renee and Sarah Ensign
We knew Dick from Church an number of years ago. Dick was a wonderful man and will be missed.