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Obituary for Richard Allan Pohlman

Richard “Dick” Pohlman, passed away at the age of 87 on January 22, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Dick was born and raised in Cheviot, Ohio. He graduated from St. Martin’s grade school, and was a proud, 1953 graduate of Elder High School-Altiora! He continued his education at Valparaiso Technical Institute and the University of Cincinnati, and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1964.

He married Laverne Wedig on May 4, 1957, and they shared a long, loving marriage for 65 years. They were blessed with 5 children: Steven (Shirley) Pohlman, Robyn (Douglas) Jackson, Karen (Dayne) Clark, Diana (John) Wildenmann, Douglas (Stacy) Pohlman, and 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth and Sara Jones, Jake (Hannah) and Olivia Wildenmann, Annemarie and Sam Jackson, Caroline and Kyle Pohlman, and Tyler and Cory Clark, and 1 great granddaughter, James Scarlett Wildenmann. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Maria Jones.

Dick was a devoted husband and father and a very active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. He served as Athletic Director and baseball and softball coach, and, along with Tony Avellano, began the first grade school wrestling program on the west side of Cincinnati.

As a young man, Dick was a ham radio operator-call sign K8DND (which call sign is now licensed to his son, Steve). He also enjoyed working on cars, and MAY have participated in a few, impromptu, car races on Harrison Avenue with his good friend Cliff Polking. Later in life, he converted this car racing hobby into Kart Racing, and, with his son Steve and grandson Jake, created the Pohlman Kart Racing Team. He also kept very busy by attending the many sporting events of all his children and grandchildren, and rarely missed a game or match.

Although he was a busy family man, he was also a successful electrical engineer, and is credited with several U.S. Patents-the most notable of which was used by the U.S. military for training purposes. Throughout his career, he worked for Avco Industries, Cincinnati Milacron, Hunker Labs, and Planet Products. His career required him to travel quite a bit, including to several other countries. He loved to fly, and travel, and to see these other countries, and always brought home souvenirs and wonderful stories.

He was a loving and attentive grandpa, and he was adored by his grandchildren. He attended as many activities as he could, including those out of town, and would drop anything to pick them up from school, or take them to a practice, or, his personal favorite, help out with a paper route.

Later in life, despite his dementia, he still retained his witty sense of humor. He was well liked at Covenant Village, and we were told he was very entertaining to staff and residents.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Auf Wiedersehen, Dad, you done good.

Passed away on January 22nd at the age of 87. Visitation Saturday, January 28th from 9am until time of Funeral Mass at 10:30am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 3450 Lumardo Ave Cincinnati, OH 45238. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association and American Diabetes Association.