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In Memory of
Rev. Richard D. Ellsworth
July 16, 1925 - August 25, 2021

Friday, September 3rd from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Saturday, September 4th 11 a.m. at Central College Presbyterian Church

Blendon Central Cemetery

Richard D. Ellsworth (Rev) went to be with the Lord on August 25, 2021. Rev was born to Perry and Seville Ellsworth on July 16, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his two brothers, Perry and William, proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. Rev served in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Following the war, Rev completed his training as an engineer at Case Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. He worked as a field and research engineer at Borden Dairy and Ice Cream Co. and Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus before being called to the ministry. He also met his beloved wife, Linda, whom he married in 1950. He and Linda answered Gods call to the ministry in 1956. He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in June, 1960, and continued to serve as a pastor for the rest of his life. He first served as a student pastor at three small churches near Lithopolis, Ohio, then moved to Central College Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio, where he remained for 48 years. After retirement, Rev was called to serve as a supply pastor at Newark First and Lancaster Presbyterian Churches. Revs ministry was bold and adventurous. Among his adventures were mission trips to Honduras, three pulpit exchanges in Scotland, youth retreats, Easter sunrise services at Hoover Dam, and many more. Rev seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm. He was proud to serve as Chaplain for the Columbus Division of Police and Fire. In 1991, he was appointed as Chaplain for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He continued to work as Chaplain for OSHP for 30 years, reluctantly retiring from official duties on May 24, 2021. The Patrol family was and continues to be a strong source of friendship and support to Rev and his entire family. Rev loved his family. Pa, as he was affectionately known, was extremely generous. He and Nana took many trips with their children and grandchildren and eagerly shared their wisdom and resources. He especially enjoyed camping and trips to Cedar Point. Though Pa was often busy serving others, his family time was a priority filled with great love and support. His heart was broken with the death of Linda and his daughters, Beth and Penny. He is survived by his daughters Pam (Jim) Miller, Jennifer Turick, son Pete (Sarah) Ellsworth, grandchildren Steve (Sarah) Wick, Moriah Turick, Elise (Matt) Carroll, Luke (Hana) Walker, Nate Miller, Ashley Ellsworth, Anna Ellsworth, Amanda (Jaden) Sallee, Abigail and Emily Ellsworth, brother-in-law Charles Wells, 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters in Christ, his law enforcement family, and countless friends and neighbors. It is quite impossible to adequately list his accomplishments and the ways he impacted the lives of others. He lived his life to the fullest. When faced with a challenge, he always said, Its not why we cant, but how we will. Please direct memorial gifts to Central College Christian School (CCCS) Scholarship Investments. Visitation will be at Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville on Friday, September 3, 5-8 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville on Saturday, September 4, 11:00 AM, followed by a graveside service at Blendon Cemetery and reception at the church.

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Rick Spencer

Aug 28, 2021

My sincerest condolences to family and friends. Riverend Ellsworth wad simply put one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I always enjoyed the opportunity of just hearing him speak or being in his presence. Always a pleasant smile and exuding a love of God, I am sure he rests in the comfort of Heaven.


Steve Rice

Aug 28, 2021

Revs obit


William S Cameron

Aug 29, 2021

I want to give you my condolences to the Ellsworth family I've known your family forever I seen but Reverend I was worked out Lancaster first Presbyterian it was a great person you had a great father and I just want to know you know and he'll be missed forever he baptized me when I was 5 years old


Rhonda Hickman

Aug 29, 2021

Rev was a man of many hats. The church was a large part of my youth.


John and Lisa Simpson

Aug 29, 2021

Rev. Ellsworth performed our marriage ceremony on November 8, 1975 in little stone church. He was a kind gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. John and Lisa Simpson


Carol Turner

Aug 30, 2021

So sorry to hear of Reverend Ellsworth's passing. I enjoyed the stories of riding his Harley and the many blessings he provided to National Church Residences. He will be greatly missed and I'm so lucky to have met him! What a wonderful example of Christ's love!


Penny Ullom Woehle

Aug 31, 2021

So sorry to learn about Reverend Ellsworth passing. He was the kindest sweetest man I had ever known. I belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Westerville, but always attended his youth group as a teenager. Rev was always so much fun and a wonderful story teller. He married both my sons and even honored us when he baptized my first granddaughter at Innis Woods. He and my father long time residents of Westerville were best of friends. He was always there for him with the long illness and passing of my mother. And again for my family when my Dad died. I will be forever grateful to him and send my deepest sympathy to his family. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Sincerely, Penny Ullom Woehle


Barbara Stclair

Aug 31, 2021

Our sympathy goes out to the Ellsworths. I was raised in the Central college cHurch and married there 52 yrs ago. I will forever cherish the memories from knowing Rev, Linda and the kids. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to you as you grieve for his passing but celebrate his wonderful service of the ministry and being in the presence of God in his heavenly home. Sincerely, Mr and Mrs George StClair (Barb Dempsey)


Greg & Christine Kulis

Sep 1, 2021

Reverend Ellsworth married us at Central College Church on May 3 1997. My wife and I were both Columbus Police Officers and very much admired his support for first responders. Often in the Summer months we would cruise by the Lake house in our boat to say hello. We are very grateful for his contributions to our lives. Our condolences to family and friends. We will miss you.


Donald George Miller

Sep 1, 2021

On behalf of myself and the Benjamin Franklin Chapter SAR please accept our sincere sympathy. Donald Miller, President, Benjamin Franklin Chapter SAR