Richard "Dick" Alan Okuley, age 61, passed away peacefully at home with his family beside him on Monday, July 9, 2018. Dick was born on January 28, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Macomber High School. He was co-owner of Okuley HVAC and Sheet Metal Fabrication and a member of Local 33. He began his career working alongside his father and brothers fine tuning his skills to become the man to call when problems arose.
Dick was a man who loved life and made friends wherever he went. He was easy-going and told the best stories. Even if you heard them more than once, it was just as funny as the first time. Family and friends always looked forward to dancing with Dick. His dance moves brought great joy to all around him. Once he would start, it was hard to get him to stop. Dick was a kind, thoughtful, and selfless man. Even while he battled pancreatic cancer for 3 years, he still thought of others first. Once he knew his time here on earth was limited, he made a list of tasks that he needed to accomplish for his family to be taken care of. Through all the chemo and rough days, he continued on until his list was complete. Once complete, he left his loved ones with the amazing memories we will cherish forever.
Dick is survived by his wife and "best buddy" of 37 years, Joanne; mother Mary Louise Okuley; daughter Paula; and grandchildren Chase and Caitlyn. Also surviving are his brothers Thomas, Robert, Patrick (Nancy), Steven (Richard Dusseau); sisters Karen Knopp and Connie (Michael) Mouser and an abundance of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Okuley; brothers Michael and Charles; and sisters, Linda Bonawitt, Judy, and Theresa.
The family will receive guests on Sunday, July 15 from 1-8 p.m. at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St., Sylvania, OH. Funeral services will take place on Monday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH. Immediately following the funeral service will be a procession to Toledo Memorial Park, 6382 Monroe St., Sylvania, OH where we will lay him to rest. Being as he had a strong respect and love for veterans, the family requests any donations be made in his honor to the Sylvania American Legion, Joseph W. Diehn Post 468.