Copley - Richard M. Misanko, 72, passed away September 25, 2020 at his home.
Richard was born April 2, 1948 to Robert and Mary (Sveda) Misanko in Akron and had been an area resident his entire life. He was a 1966 graduate of Garfield High School and was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He was retired from RM Associates. He was a long time and active member of the Jednota Branch 553 and the American Legion Copley Post 473.
Richard was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years. Having received his Eagle Scout badge as a young man, he went on to achieve Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow and was in the Boy Scouts of America Honor Society. He completed Woodbadge training and was a Woodbadge staff member, also served as Council Woodbadge Coordinator for many years. He was awarded the District Award of Merit (a District level award) and Silver Beaver Award (a Council level award) and the American Legion Square Knot Award. He held the following roles at the unit level: Committee Member and Committee Chair in an Exploring Post, Crew Associate Advisor and Unit Scouter Reserve in a Venturing Crew and Committee Member and Skipper of in a Sea Scout Ship. He was very successful as the Old Portage District Trailblazer Chair, which means he was instrumental in starting many Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews and a Sea Scout Ship. Rick raised countless dollars for the annual Great Trail Council’s Friends of Scouting campaign. These dollars benefited our Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships, Posts in program needs, camping facilities, training, recruitment support and even insurance to protect our Scout leaders and youth. Money raised from Friends of Scouting also helps to support year-round services for volunteers and parents at our Council Service Center.
Preceded by parents and brother Robert F. Jr. he is survived by siblings Jeannie Miller, Joann Misanko and Edward (Carol) Misanko; nieces and nephews Tony (Susan) and Mark (Tammy) Misanko, Lisa Rutherford, Michelle (Patrick) Dunn, Jennifer (Scott) Snead, Jamie Misanko and Ally Misanko.
A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1034 Brown St., Akron OH 44301 where the family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 4500 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224.
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