Richard Russell Makruski

July 29, 1947September 5, 2017
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Richard “Rich” Makruski, age 70, of Randolph, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in his home.

He was born July 29, 1947 in Amherst, Ohio to the late Daniel and Rose Makruski. Rich received his Masters in Education from Kent State University. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War, and received the Bronze Star for his service. Rich worked for Summit County DD for 30 years and for Waterloo Local Schools for 13 years. He was a mentor for Veterans Honors Court in Stark County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Danny; nieces, Tiffany and Tanya; and brother-in-law, Chuck Barkley. He is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Adam and Dustin; step-son, Shane; sisters, Patty, Marilyn, and Linda; sisters-in-law, Nancy and Lee Ann; mother-in-law, Judy (Ed) Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday in the Karlo-Libby Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. Friends may call from 11:00am – 1:00pm, two hours before services, at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 9, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Cuyahoga Valley Art Center

November 30, 2017

He will be forever missed here at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. He was a integral part of our membership and lovely Plein Air painter. We still have two of his artworks here at CVAC. If a family member would like to pick them up, please let us know.

genieve alexander

September 15, 2017

My prayers and sympathies to your family

Michelle Garey

September 14, 2017

Diane and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. I can honestly say that I never had a negative encounter with him, he was always happy and smiling. That is how I will remember him. Praying for comfort for all of you.

mike ormiston

September 14, 2017

My condolences on your loss. I just found out about Richard's passing. We were good friends in the Kent days I wish I had reconnected.


Pat Clarke

September 9, 2017

Diane and Family: I was saddened to hear of Rich's passing. He was a good man and never seemed to mind sharing his knowledge with anyone who asked for advice. May God give you peace and comfort during this time for you and your family.


September 9, 2017

Rich and I were friends for many years. I can not remember a bad word passing between us. A truly nice man. Rest in peace Rich. Vernon

Cindy Cagno

September 8, 2017

Diane and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Rich made significant differences for many people throughout his lifetime. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Diane Renner

September 8, 2017

Diane: I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rich. He was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace Rich.

Mitzi Lai

September 8, 2017

I am one of the Friday morning painter at the Akron Society of Artist, I remember him always painted very very nice portraits that stood out in our group. We will miss his presence. May God bless his family. Mitzi Lai

Tom Jackson

September 8, 2017

Diane, So saddened to learn of Rich's death. Always looked forward seeing him at weekly studio art classes. He was a serious artist that looked forward to continuing to develop his skills in retirement. He'll be missed by all his classmates. A good man, taken too soon.