ZEPP, Richard L.

In Memorial

Richard L. ZEPP, age 65.  Beloved son of the late Helen and Leo.  Dear brother of Nancy Ryan (Gene), Ray Zepp (Trish), and Noreen Linden (Mitchell).  Proud uncle of Matt, Dan, Leah and Cassidy. He leaves behind his loyal dog Stoli.  

Farewell service, Wednesday, September 26 at 7:45 p.m. at THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA (between Ridge and Snow), preceded by visitation from 5:00 p.m. until time of service.  Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Geauga County Humane Society’s Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell Twp., OH 44072.

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  1. Gary Adams on September 25th, 2012 12:04 pm

    Rich is one of the all time great guys. We played rugby, travelled, laughed and partied in many places over many years, and will never forget him.
    Even in the hospital we had a lot of laughs reminiscing about those times.

  2. rick brown on September 25th, 2012 6:07 pm

    Condoences to all the family and Stoli. I have not seen Rich in a few years but he was a wonderful, warm and caring person with a great sense of humor. RIP

    Rick Brown

  3. Tony Kurnick on September 26th, 2012 3:30 pm

    He was a good rugby player and a good example. Serious but quick to laugh. A tough competitor and good travelling companion. He helped raise the level of our games. I have many pleasant memories and condolesences to his family.

  4. Dee Spencer-Cizmadia on September 27th, 2012 8:24 am

    I am sadden to read about Rich’s death. I worked with Rich many years ago. It was my first job after college. He helped me get the job, trained me and always treated me with kindness and respect.

    Dee Spencer-Cizmadia

  5. Ray Metti on September 27th, 2012 10:28 am

    Rugby players never die, they simply pass away. Played with Rich with the Blues in the 70’s.

  6. Philip Lewin on September 27th, 2012 3:48 pm

    My condolences to Rich’s family.

    I had the pleasure of knowing Rich and playing rugby with him for many years – he was the definition of the word ‘gentleman,’ and put his heart and soul into Cleveland rugby, both on and off the field. We spent a few seasons traveling together on many road trips, and I really appreciated his friendship and great sense of humor.

  7. Gary Simon on September 30th, 2012 1:00 pm

    I worked at Chester’s with him, 1978-80. Rich was our general manager. He was a great guy to work for and a good friend. We used to work out at the JCC together. His sister, Noreen, and brother in law, Mitchell were good friends of mine at the time. My condolences to the family. He will be missed.

  8. Tom Morgan on October 1st, 2012 9:08 am

    Rick and the guys from the No Name, NightTown, etc were great friends. I went to many Cleveland Blues Rugby games and loved to watch Rick play! He was a great athlete and he and I ran many 10K races against each other. I’ll miss him and will add him to my prayer list.

  9. The Countess 10/3/12 on October 3rd, 2012 4:40 pm

    Richie lived. his life on his terms how many people can say that. I knew the hogman at KSU i dated one of his frat brothers sae , he was as unique as they come. I will never forget those blue eyes and caustic sense of humor. Where does Neal sleep, you will know if you are or were an sae or little sister. With sadness in my heart goob by the Countess

  10. Jennifer on October 7th, 2012 10:49 am

    I just heard and had no idea he was ill. Long ago we enjoyed many rugby matches, sightseeing in different states and countries plus skiing in CO. We loved the country living and all the animals. A true desperado like the Eagles song. I am so sorry this is terribly sad. Peace Rich. My condolences Noreen, Nancy & Ray. Take care

  11. Susan George on October 8th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Dear Zepp Family: Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dearly beloved brother and uncle (Richard) during this most difficult time.May your entire family draw comfort from the promises made to us by our very loving Creator Jehovah God.In John 5:28,29 & Rev 21:3,4,5 he promises to bring Richard back to life in the resurrection right here on earth in the very near future and end all sickness,suffering and death forever.

  12. Paula (Lehman) Tusoch on March 26th, 2014 1:46 pm

    Today is March 26, 2014. Rich has been on my mind the past couple days, so I called his cell number in my phone. The number was disconnected, so I searched him on google which led me to his obituary. I am so sad to have heard about his passing. We were friends at Kent. He and my ex-husband (David B. Lehman, deceased 2009) were SAEs. I last saw Rich in Chagrin Falls in the summer of 2009 with David and other family. He was such a great guy, who loved his family and friends. At Kent, he called me “Stump” because I was short. The name stuck, and boy did he rub it in!! I will miss him and his humor. My prayers and sympathies to his family. I wish I had known about this obit, for I would have wanted to say goodbye. RIP

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