Richard F. Knobloch, 83, of Columbus, passed from this life Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Our Hospice.
Dick, as he was known to friends, was born in Whitestone, New York, and lived his early life in Great Neck, New York. In 1952, he graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, where he received his degree in chemistry. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
After graduation, he joined the Army, serving as a second lieutenant, Armor Division, in Berlin. Later, he went to work for U.S. Rubber and for Parker-Kalon before moving to Atlanta.
In 1964, Dick married Ann Marshall of Columbus. In 1967, they sold most of what they owned and moved to Atlanta, where he started his own fastener distribution company. After selling this company, they opened another business, which was later sold to Service Supply Co. in Indianapolis.
After moving to Columbus in 1995, Dick worked for Service Supply as vice president and general manger of structural sales until his retirement. He was very proud to be chairman and an honorary member of the American Society for Technical and Material (ASTM) International Committee F16 (fastener standards). He also served on ASTM Committee AO1 (stainless steel standards).
Dick became very active in SCORE, Rotary Club of Brown County and the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, serving as president in each organization. He was also an honorary firefighter, a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of Harrison Lake Country Club. Dick loved his golf and while living in Atlanta was an active member of Dunwoody Country Club, serving as chairman of many committees and also as president for two years.
Dick is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Jane (Gordon) Smith of Littleton, Colorado; son, Mark (Susan) of Belton, Texas; brother, Don (Nina) of Bradenton, Florida; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steve.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.