WHEELING - N. Richard "Dick" Forzano, of East Liverpool and The Welty Home in Wheeling, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling where he had briefly resided. He was 94.
Born in Mingo Junction, Ohio, March 21, 1918, he was a son of the late John and Carmella Forzano. A veteran of World War II, from 1941 to 1945 he served with the U.S. Navy and was aboard the USS Napa at Iwo Jima when the first prisoners of war were taken into U.S. custody.
A resident of the East Liverpool area most of his life, in 1955 he purchased the Travelers Hotel and was the inn keeper and operated the restaurant and Jigger Room for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 258 and the Glenmoor America Legion Post No. 736. An enthusiast and fan of local sports, he was a founding member of the Olde Timers Baseball Complex and served as president of the board at one time. He was a member of the East Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee and could be seen at many area sporting events supporting his family and other local athletes.
His wife, Bonnie Belle Berton Forzano, survives. The couple married June 5, 1945. There are two daughters, Bonnie Carole Burcham of West Point, and Barbara Ellen Robertson, and her husband Roland, of Wheeling; along with four sons, Robert J. Forzano, and his wife Donna, of East Liverpool, Richard D. Forzano, and his wife Linda, of Manassas, Va., Michael F. Forzano, and his wife Jan, of White House, Texas, and Randall L. Forzano, and his wife Robin, of Wheeling.
He will also be remembered by his 13 grandchildren: Stephanie Grey, Richard N. Forzano, Jessica Pusateri, Jacob Burcham, Justin Forzano, Chevon Robertson, Jenna Forzano, Alyson Jones, Julianne Forzano, Alysha Jones, Grant Robertson, Christopher Wiegman and Michael McKee; and 10 great-grandchildren: Chad Grey, William Geddes, Gina Forzano, Austin Pusateri, Jorden Burcham, Abigail Myers, Emily Work, Conner Voigt, Cameron Wiegman and Caden Wiegman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Christopher Jeffers Forzano and an infant; three sisters, Mary Forzano, Josephine Stein and Alivel Koenig; and two brothers, Michael R. Forzano and Frank J. Forzano.
The Rev. Eric M. Edwards of St. John Lutheran Church will conduct a funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Dawson Funeral Home. Friends may visit Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and two hours prior to the service Tuesday.
Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted.
Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
View Mr. Forzano's memorial website and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com