Richard King Flood
January 3, 1932 – March 27, 2021
RICHARD K. FLOOD
Dick Flood of Edgewater, Maryland died on March 27, 2021. He was 89. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Dick married Nancy Temple, his wife of 59 years. They met as students while attending The Ohio State University.
Dick was born during the Great Depression on January 3, 1932 to Thomas and Helen (Raitch) Flood. Son to a third-generation Irish father and a first-generation Serbian mother, he was the oldest of six children. Dick attended St. Peter’s Catholic School in Mansfield, graduating as president and valedictorian of his high school class in 1949. The first member of his family to attend college, he studied science at the University of Dayton, graduating in 1954. Dick was accepted into the School of Dentistry at Ohio State later that same year.
Like many in his day, Dick began working at a young age. His jobs in Mansfield included delivering coal to homes, carrying newspapers for the Mansfield News Journal, working retail sales for Moskins Credit Clothing, setting pins at a bowling alley, working as a "flour boy" for Palmer’s Bakery, and selling footwear at King’s Shoe Store. To pay his way through college, Dick worked summers as a dock loader for Westinghouse, Mansfield Tire and Rubber, and Martin Steel. He also carried mail for the U.S. Post Service, bussed tables, and worked as a store clerk for Miller’s Drug Store in Dayton. While attending Ohio State, he worked as a page for the Ohio Senate, a punch-card sorter for the Ohio Department of Taxation, and a soil analyst for the Ohio Department of Highways.
In 1957 Dick was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps with assignment to the 112th Medical Battalion of the Ohio National Guard. He went on to attend the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas later serving as S-4 for the 307th Medical Group (XX Corps) in the grade of Major.
Seeking a career in government, Dick took the federal civil service exam in March of 1961. Earning high marks, he was soon offered a position with the Social Security Administration and embarked on a thirty-five year career in federal service that included assignments in the Ohio cities of Columbus, Defiance, Waterville, Toledo, Hamilton, and Akron in addition to Social Security’s national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. His career culminated in Canton, Ohio where he served as Social Security’s District Manager and, later, Northeast Ohio Area Director for twenty-one years.
Dick devoted his working life to public service. In Ohio, he served in a variety of volunteer and board positions for the Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne County, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Northeast Ohio Air Force Academy Parents Association. In honor of his decades of volunteer service he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club.
Following retirement from federal service in 1996, Dick and Nancy moved to Edgewater Maryland, where he continued serving the community as a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy, and counselor for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. In 1998, he and Nancy were invited to join the White House Social Office as volunteers during the Clinton Administration where they both worked until 2001. Dick was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta fraternity, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
Dick lived life fully and was deeply committed to his family, his friends, and to the many communities where he lived. He was most happy sharing his retirement years with Nancy and often remarked that his joy in his children and grandchildren were the reason he lived so long. His first thought every morning was of his grandchildren and couldn’t wait to hear about their adventures in school, sports, concerts or travel. Most of all, Dick loved people, sharing stories, and having a good laugh. He will be forever remembered as warm, kind, gentle, fun, wise and the original “people person”. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you honor his memory with acts of kindness and an appreciation for life, laughter and conversation.
Dick is survived by his wife Nancy, brother Tom Flood, sister Marcie Schalmo, and brother John Flood; his children Edward Flood (Hal), Colonel Patrick Flood, USAF ret (Victoria), Special Agent Daniel Flood (Lynda), and Ann Flood Boyer (Robert); and his grandchildren Donovan Boyer (14), Aidan Flood (13), Sydni Martin-Flood (13), Jack Flood (12), Morgan Boyer (10), and Marin Flood (7). He was preceded in life by his brother James Flood and sister Joanne Schwam.
A mass of Christian burial and celebration of life will be held later this spring in Maryland with details forthcoming. His family invites you all to be there.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Richard King Flood
April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021
Rest easy my dear friend. We will pick up where we left off when we meet again.
April 10, 2021
Dear Nancy and family,
We were so sadden to hear of Dick’s death! Although we knew his time was near, it is still difficult to lose a friend like Dick!! As you remember, Nancy, Dick introduced Hugh and me on a blind date way back in about 1960. We went with you and Dick to Ma Grundy’s in German Village. You married Dick and I married Hugh not long after you two were married. Those were carefree days we will always treasure.
Dick loved people! Hugh and he remained friends all these years and love to tell each other stories of their dental school days. He will be greatly missed by us and all whom had the pleasure to know him!
Our sincere condolences to you, Nancy, and all of your family,
Hugh and Nancy
I have no idea how that picture showed up earlier on your timeline. Sorry!
April 10, 2021
Living beside the Floods for the past 15 years has been an honor. In the obituary, it said that Dick loved people. This is so true. I was inspired as he served his neighbors with such humility and kindness. Even in the rain, he would pick up newspapers and take in trash cans every single week.
Seeing Dick and Nancy drive to Starbucks every single morning gave everyone here a smile. Every Halloween, Dick and Nancy would have throngs of children hugging them and thanking them for their kindness and generosity. They would sit in the driveway and marvel at all the costumes and children with such glee.
I can truly say that I am a better person for having met Dick Flood. I am grateful to still have Nancy beside us. My prayers and love go out to the entire family.
Nancy and Hugh Henning
April 10, 2021
April 8, 2021
We were residents of the Floods for over 25 years. Enjoyed watching the children grow and were very blessed to have Dick and Nancy as neighbors God bless you all
April 7, 2021
In 1998 I bought a townhouse connected to the Floods. I moved from Utah and was very much single and alone in a new State. Dick (and Nancy) were the best neighbors anyone could ask for. Dick would bring my newspaper up from driveway and put it next to garage door everyday. On garbage day he would do the same. One day I mentioned I was going to dig up some bushes to put in something new. When I got home from work it had already been done.
Many holidays I couldn't make it home to Utah. I was always given an invitation to join the Floods.
I couldn't have asked to live next door to anyone better. I've missed Dick since retiring and moving home to Utah. Wish I could be there. My thoughts are with Nancy and family. Love you Dick!
March 29, 2021
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dick.
The first thing I said upon hearing was “the world was a better place with Dick Flood in it” now we have to deal with a darker place.
My fondest memory of Dick was when visiting his home he said “c’mon we’re going on a pub crawl” I said well I’ve never been on a pub crawl but let’s go. What a fun afternoon it was, with Dick as our leader. His Irish wit and his humanity was on full display that day.
My condolences to Nancy and the family, may many fond memories of Dick sustain you in these sad days and hope that Dick is not suffering any more.