Richard Niese Sr.


Richard C. Niese Sr., 75, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio.

He was born on April 26, 1938, to Mearl and Wilmetta "Betty" (Miller) Niese in Hamler. On February 5, 1959, he married Betty Jean (Curtis) Niese. He was a farm hand in Upper Sandusky and Henry County and a welder in Delta at Little Dudes. He enjoyed steam engines, welding and fixing cars.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty Jean; son, "Ricky" Carl Niese Jr., of Defiance; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernadine (Eugene) Gee of Defiance, Ruth (John) Conklin of Stryker, Betty Ann (Robert) Austermiller of Malinta, Connie Niese of Marysville and Debra (Daryl) Chamberlin of Grand Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry Niese; daughter, Jeannie Niese; brothers, John, Jr. and Kenneth Niese; and a sister, Sherri Holbrook.

All family and friends are welcome for visitation on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 10-11 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with a memorial service being held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Isaac Shelton, Jr. officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences can be given at

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