VIENNA - Richard Edward Xavier Novicky, 72, went home to be with the Lord at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, while a patient at St. Joseph Health Center in Phoenix, following a sudden illness while on vacation.
Richard was born Feb. 17, 1941, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph J. and Elizabeth Katchka Novicky.
A 1959 graduate of Canfield High School, he was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper for three years with the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in North Carolina, achieving the rank of sergeant at his discharge.
He found employment by working at United Engineering and later ran the batch plant for YBM, Warren, for 18 years. He then worked as a Teamster for R.E. Novicky Concrete Inc. for 12 years before officially washing off his trowel for the last time in 2003.
Rich married the former Darla Ann Bayer on May 14, 1977, and would spend the next 28 years holding her hand until her passing in 2005.
As a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Vienna, he was devoted to the Blessed Mother and prayed the rosary every day. His memberships also included Teamsters Local 377; Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Club; Vienna Historical Society; Vienna Amvets; American Legion Post 472, Youngstown; Warren Ski Club and Bicycling Group; "Daffy Divers" Scuba Club; and Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, Salem.
Richard was an avid motorcyclist, having placed 6th in the nation during the AMA Hair Scrambles during his late teens and early twenties. He also was an avid golfer and bicycling enthusiast, riding many miles on the "Rails to Trails" routes in several different states. He took great pride in growing flowers for all the different seasons, fruit trees, strawberries and blueberries. He enjoyed his vegetable garden as well as growing giant pumpkins. In his spare time, Rich loved hunting, fishing, golfing and visiting wineries; crafting his own wine and beer; white-water rafting; playing hockey; supporting his children in their hockey; figure skating; and performing as "Freddie the Freeloader" on ice. He also was a beekeeper and became certified in scuba diving.
His most memorable times in his life were when he spent two weeks visiting the Holy Land in 2011, and then traveling to the Panama Canal in 2012. His favorite family trip was with his children to Cancun in 2007.
Survivors include his former first wife, Norma, with whom he fathered his sons, Richard "Ricky" (Kim) Novicky of Niles and Jeffrey Novicky of Hubbard. He also leaves five children from his union to Darla, Dr. Christine Novicky of Vienna, Christopher Novicky of Cleveland Heights, Dr. Tim (Carla) Novicky of Vienna, Michael Novicky of Cuyahoga Falls and Natalie Novicky of Vienna; his grandson, Shayne Novicky of Vienna; his sisters, Virginia Yatsco of Canfield, Mary Ann (Tom) Schira of Winterhaven, Fla., Helen (John) Chupa of Canfield and Rexine Novicky of Salem; his nephews, Dr. Steve (Kim) Novicky and Joseph (Dinah) Novicky; his numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; plus his companion, Linda Moll, with whom he enjoyed dancing, bicycling and traveling.
He was reunited in heaven with his parents; his beloved wife; his sister, Della Bernat; and his brother, Joseph S. Novicky.
A Requiem Mass will be held in his honor at noon Thursday in his church, where visitation for his family and friends will be recognized from 9:30 a.m. until the time of his service in church.
He will be laid to rest with military honors in the Vienna Township Cemetery next to his wife.
His family requests material contributions take the form of Mass cards in Richard's memory to Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 291 Scoville Road, Vienna, OH 44473.
Coordination of this tribute for Richard will be presented by Daniel Briceland, owner and director of Briceland Funeral Service LLC, 379 state Route 7 S.E., Brookfield, OH 44403. 330-509-3135.