Richard Estell

LISBON – Richard L. “Dick” Estell, a loving husband, great father, special grandfather and friend to all, of State Route 45, Lisbon, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at his home. He was 90.

Born in East Liverpool, March 19, 1923, he was a son of the late Arch and Stella Anderson Estell. He was a 1942 graduate of East Liverpool High School where he was a member of the football team. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry during World War II from 1942 to 1946 in the South Pacific and Okinowa. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for gallantry in action and the Purple Heart.

Following the war, he returned to this area and worked as a boilermaker and was a member of Boilermakers Union 154 in Pittsburgh until his retirement.

He was a member of the DAV and East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and its Olde Guard. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and playing golf but was most recognized with a metal detector in his hand wherever lost treasure could be found.

Dick leaves us the twinkle in his eye and many years of memories that are too good to forget.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Peterlin Estell, whom he married Sept. 2, 1947. There are three sons, Craig L. Estell, retired boilermaker, and his wife Debbie, of East Rochester, Ohio, attorney Nelson Kirk Estell, and Emily, of Washington, and Richard M. Estell, and his wife Camille, of Philadelphia, Pa. Two grandchildren survive: Abigail Estell Steves, and her husband Treg, of Salem, Ohio, and Mallorie Estell of Akron.

He is also survived by two sisters, Carrie Nicklin of Banning, Calif. and Rose Bristol of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Viva Bennett and Mary Kathryn Foster as well as four brothers: Timothy, George, Robert and Ronald Estell.

Friends may visit Thursday evening at Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 4-8 p.m. Rev. Pamela Gable will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Columbiana County Memorial Park.

Following the service, family and friends will gather at Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions to the Choir Fund or Food Pantry Fund at First United Methodist Church, 114 East Washington Street, Lisbon, Ohio 44432.

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