Richard John Minnich

June 2, 1933May 15, 2021
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RICHARD JOHN “DICK” MINNICH, age 87, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021. He was a beloved husband of 61 years to Ruth (nee Barclay); Loving father of (daughter) Karen Bolyard (Alan) of Cranberry Township, PA, and (son) Kevin of Fairview Park, OH; Grandfather of Andrea Lutz (Jon), Kristen Drevna, Mitchell Minnich, David Minnich, and Hannah Minnich; Great grandfather of Hailey Lutz; Brother of the late Donald Minnich; Uncle of many. Richard graduated from Kent State in 1956 with a degree in chemistry and was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. Later, he graduated from Cleveland Marshall Collage of Law in 1965 where he earned his Juris Doctor. Richard proudly served the U.S. Army, where he specialized in weather technology, while stationed overseas. After leaving his military service, and receiving his law degree, Richard went to work as a lawyer for such companies as Union Carbide and Diamond Shamrock. He later was hired by Fay Sharpe, LLC as an attorney, and Patent Agent. He rose to managing partner of the firm and retired after 45 years. Richard was a practicing member of the Ohio Law Association for over 50 years. He was also an avid Boater and a longtime member of the Vermilion Boat Club. We invite you to celebrate Richard’s life Wednesday, May 19th, from 4-8pm, in the Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, 20820 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126. There will also be a small memorial service at the funeral home Thursday morning at 11am, followed with a Private family Burial. For more information call Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home at 440-331-0500.


  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, May 20, 2021


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Alan Brandt

May 21, 2021

I met Mr. Minnich in 1998 when I started working at Fay Sharpe as a law clerk. I was looking to start a second career in law after working 15 years in engineering. Mr. Minnich became a mentor and a hero to me. He helped me understand certain aspects of my parents' health problems. He enriched anyone who cared to listen with stories from his past that related to our current situations. My condolences as you celebrate his life by remembering your own memories and relationship with him. Cherish them always.

Caroline Schweter

May 17, 2021

I had the honor of working for RJ for 15 years until his retirement from Fay Sharpe. He was the best of the best. His kindness to me will never be forgotten. May God and His Angels surround the Minnich family with comfort. Warm regards, Caroline A. Schweter

Hilary McNulty

May 17, 2021

I will always remember Mr. Minnich as being one of the first to greet me by name when I started at Fay Sharpe. He always made a moment to say hello, even at busy times, even for a very junior staffer as me. He spoke kindly and always listened - never rushed off. I will not forget his care and funny anecdotes and am lucky to have known him.