Published in The News-Herald
on December 29, 2010
Richard E. Cherry,
86, of Concord Township for the past 33 years and formerly of Mentor,
died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at TriPoint Medical Center.
He was born July 25, 1924, in Cleveland.
Richard grew up in Cleveland and played baseball with the Edith Ayers
Little League Team. Having red hair, he was fondly called "Red"
Cherry by friends and teammates. He pitched in the Cleveland Sandlots
until his graduation from Collinwood High School in 1943.
After graduation Richard joined the Marine Corps and served in the Philippines.
It was there that he had the opportunity to play ball with Joe DiMaggio,
Red Ruffing and Harry Danning. Upon his discharge, he attended Bob Feller's
School of Hopefuls in Tampa, Fla. This is where he signed a contract with
Atlanta. He played on their farm teams for several years in the southeast
He then came home to Cleveland and married Nancy. Richard retired in 1986
at age 62. He and Nancy enjoyed 22 winters in Englewood Fla. He enjoyed
golfing, hunting, fishing, photography, snowmobile and held a pilot's
license. He also belonged to the Fairport Harbor V.F.W.
Survivors are his wife, Nancy; children, Cynde (Peter)Collins of Colorado,
Cathy Alton of Mentor, Rick (Tracy) Cherry of Madison, and Kevin (Terra)
Cherry of Mentor, grandchildren, Ryan, Jaime, Dan, Nate, Scott, Lindsay,
Tiffany, Tammy and David; and great-grandchildren, Jack, Kendall, Ella,
Dillen, Frankie, Mayah, Kory, Sydney and Cameron.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sarah Cherry; and sister,
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Brunner Funeral Home
& Cremation Service, 8466 Mentor Ave., where family will receive friends
from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Painesville.