Richard Reuschling – Dick

Ashtabula county democratic Chair Duane Feher was asked to make a few brief comments about Richard Reuschling’s involvement in the democratic politics.

Ladies and gentlemen I am honored to share a few comments about such a stalwart Democrat:

Richard Reuschling – Dick

Father, husband,  grand father, brother, union delegate, world War II Army Veteran, business owner, stalwart democrat, democrat precinct committee person, democrat member of the  Ashtabula County Board of Elections,  American patriot who was a person who as one of the millions of young americans served during world war II. He was one the “greatest Generation” as memoralized by Tom Brokow.

I first met Dick in 1971. He was one of Nelson Humphrey’s leutinents in the Ashtabula County Democratic party. Nelson was the Ashtabula County Democratic party chair and Dick was one of his important go to guys. Dick was reliable and would “get’r done”.

With the family’s blessing, today I am handing out a flyer about what the democratic party stands for and a with a democratic sample ballot on the reverse page.  I remember Dick keeping us at the fair until midnight so that we could hand out Democratic literature to the last person to leave the fair grounds. Then sometimes he would say let’s go and walk through the barns and meet people and hand out literature.   If he was tubing newspaper boxes he would drive to the end of a dirt road where the last house was and make sure a piece of democratic literature was delivered.  That is why I thought it was appropriate to have a 2018 sample ballot handed out today.

When Dick and Peggy, his wife, retired and moved to Florida, he went to a few democratic meetings.   He volunteered to do a few jobs and volunteered again and again, and then got elected   as  the Democratic Chairman for Manatee County, FL for many years. Because he was a stalwart democrat who believed in standing up for the “little guy.”

Dick helped many democratic candidates in Ashtabula County get elected.















US. Senator Sherrod Brown who was  elected Secretary of State in 1982. THE LIST CAN GO ON AND ON.

Dick did not do this for notoriety; he did it because of who he was, and he remembered growing up in the depression on a poor family farm- H he never forgot where he came from.

Of course there were disappointments, but Dick believed in the common man, the people,  the working family and he as he  always reminded us not to forget the” little guy!”

Dick was well respected in the community and by his counter parts in the Republican Party.

Former Republican Party chair Richard Hornstein called me yesterday to say that he remembers many interesting times with Dick on the Board of Elections. He offered to join with the Democratic Party to donate for flowers or to the VFW as requested by the family.

Let us embrace each day and honor and remember Dick one of the Greatest Generation’s soldiers by loving our family, being good neighbors, and standing up for the “little guy” when necessary.

Richard J. Reuschling, age 98 of E. Walnut St., Jefferson, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at his residence.  He was born August 3, 1919 in Cleveland, the son of Fred L. & Effie F. (Wagner) Reuschling.

He served proudly in the United States Army under the 509th Paratroopers in WWII. He worked as a lineman and later a PBX for Alltel Telephone Company. While a resident of Ashtabula County he owned several businesses, and worked for All Points Travel in Bradenton, FL. He was a strong Democrat and involved in politics in Ashtabula County, OH and Manatee County, FL. Additionally, he was the Democratic Chairman for Manatee County, FL for many years. He also loved traveling, and enjoyed reading, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Warren DiBell of Bradenton FL, Janet (Michael) Gouhin of Flagstaff AZ, Patricia Duva of Ashtabula, Judi (Gary) Ferguson of Austinburg, Keith DiBell of Brandenton FL, Malissia Briggs of Willington OH; a brother, Donald (Martha) Reuschling of Jefferson; 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two former wives, Lorraine Reuschling and Margurite “Peg” Reuschling; a daughter, Nansi Nichols; two sons, Robert Reuschling in infancy and Kenny DiBell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred & Florice  Reuschling and Robert & Virginia Reuschling; granddaughter, Autumn Ferguson; grandson, Jimmy DiBell; and great-granddaughter, Brittney Hall.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory,  49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson with Fr. John Ettinger of St. Joseph’s Calasanctius Church officiating. Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00-11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The staff of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson are honored to serve the Richard J. Reuschling family. Full obituary, guestbook and condolences can be found at

Donations may be made to: Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City MO 64111

Doing the right thing loving our family,  being good neighbors, and sticking up for the “little guy.”