Richard David Landsberg, 58, formerly of Delaware, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home February 26th, 2014. He was born February 18th, 1956 in Urbandale, Iowa, to Earl Wayne and Marjorie Elizabeth Landsberg. He is preceded in death by his sister, Laura, as well as his parents. Following in his father’s footsteps he developed a passion for golf early in life which eventually led him to the University of Tulsa on a full golf scholarship. There he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. In addition, he held a Master of Legal Letters in Financial Services Law from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina. Following law school, he joined the Navy and served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Throughout his career he was a writer and commentator serving on many editorial boards and publishing over 100 articles. He was also an executive panelist for the McKinsey Quarterly, and an Associate Editor of ”Executive Compensation”. He held faculty positions with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Purdue University, The University of Iowa College Of Law, Capital University Law School and William Penn College. He served on the U.S. Department of Labor Advisory Council on Pension & Welfare Benefit Plans, where he was the vice chair of the Working Group on Retirement Distributions and chairperson of the Working Group on Prudent Investment Process. He was Director, Advanced Consulting Group with Nationwide Financial and his tenure there brought him much joy both professionally and personally. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Iowa Bar Association, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, Member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He was the founder of the Golf Society of the Potomac, member of Shriners International, The Philalethes Society, Eastern Star, Free Mason Hiram Lodge, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Active with Duck’s Unlimited, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Delaware Chamber of Commerce Charities – American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, Make a Wish Foundation, Angel Network, Humane Society of Delaware County. He was a former catechist for two different Episcopalian Dioceses and a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Rich is survived by his loving wife, Kay Veach-Cline Landsberg, and his feline friend, Dr. Lucky, stepdaughters, Cindy Cline (Ryan) and Amy Mowry (Kevin), beloved grandson, JD Mowry, brothers-in-law John Veach (Cheryl) of Marion, Ohio, and Charles Veach (Stacy) of Centerburg, Ohio, sister-in-law Becky McKelvey (Matthew) of Marengo, Ohio, numerous nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves numerous friends including his loving Nationwide Financial family- Ken Boothe, Gail Chrisley, Dee Dee Chadwick, Shawn Britt, Don Schreiber, Steve Hamilton, his church family, his family of friends back in Urbandale, Iowa, dear friends Wendy & Butch Proctor and Andrew Shapiro. Friends may call at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville. Ohio, Thursday, March 6th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.. Services will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 7521 S. Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio, Saturday, March 8th at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Ron Baird officiating. Interment at Africa Cemetery immediately following services. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Anglican Church or The Humane Society of Delaware County. Though this is not a journey Rich would have chosen, he was never at a loss of words for the loving kindness and care he felt toward all the loved ones in his life including his felines companions, Dr.Lucky and Miss Lola. There are no words to express how thankful the family is for the heartfelt care and support Rich received from Dr. Craig C.Hofmeister and his team at the OSU James Cancer Institute, Heartland Hospice and the numerous friends of which there are too many to mention. Masonic Service Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Deanie Hopes - Mar 12, 2014
Hi Kay: Just read the Obituarie. Although we never met I know we would have been friends. We are so glad you found each other and for the time you had together, although it was not long enough. Cherish your memories and see what the Lord has in place for you. We find solace in knowing our Lord is with us moment by moment. Love, Deanie and Jsack
Lynn Franzoi - Mar 8, 2014
You don’t know me but I served on the ERISA Advisory Council with Rich. He was wonderful to work with – dedicated, witty and so intelligent. I loved hearing his stories about Mr. Lucky, including his “run” for public office. Rich’s brought so much to our group. He will be missed.
Michael Harrison - Mar 7, 2014
I am so sorry to learn of Rich’s death. I had the great fortune to live in the same University of Tulsa dormitory during his law-school (and my undergraduate) days. He was a character whom no one who spent time with him could forget. Rich was several years older and regaled me, my roommate Mark Graziano, and many others with priceless jokes and countless stories, mostly about his home and family in Iowa. He was so much fun to be around and everybody sought out his company, especially when the TV series “Dallas” was broadcast when several of us regularly gathered in his room, drank his whisky and the next day could seldom recall what evils “J.R.” had perpetrated the night before. I recall one occasion in which some joker among us challenged Rich’s age. Rather than produce a driver’s license, he whipped out his draft card and bellowed, “how old does one have to be to get one of these, smart ass?”
I lost touch with Rich after graduation. But I have thought of him often in the last 32 years, especially while retelling his jokes (with proper attribution, of course; he was a lawyer). I intended to look him up by phone or write him a letter, certainly if coming to Columbus with enough time. Alas, now it’s too late.
I share your sorrow.
Jerry Vahl - Mar 7, 2014
Kay, I was greatly sadden to hear of Rich’s passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and everyone that was close to Rich. We can take some comfort that he is now in a better place with many of his family members and without pain.
Rich and I were good friends when he worked at AEGON in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He was one of the most genuine characters I have ever known. He made everyday an adventure. I never heard anyone yell at a computer more than Rich. We had great fun on the golf course, at work and in the bars. I understand that from others you were of great comfort to him over the years. Again my prayers are with you.
Mark Maffett - Mar 6, 2014
Dear Kay and Family,
I read of Rich’s passing in the Des Moines Register today. I attended grade school through
high school with Rich. Whether it was the classroom or the golf course, Rich was one of a kind! He will be greatly missed by his Urbandale/central Iowa friends.
Ron, Libby, Myra & Aaron Gottl - Mar 6, 2014
Dear Kay and family, Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our dear friend Rich. For over thirty years we thought of him (and his parents Earl and Marj) like family; Myra and Aaron called him lovingly Uncle Rich. We will miss our Professor Turtle and his innate turtle placement in our backyard pond. We are truly thankful that he found your love and family with yours. We feel blessed to have spent quality time with Rich at the end of his life. May God wrap his loving arms around you, giving you peace and comfort.
Always with love, his Des Moines Family, the Gottl’s.
Karen - Mar 5, 2014
Kay- I know that Rich is now in the best place, Heaven. You are my concern and as alsways I wish you peace and comfort in knowing that you did all you could for him here on earth. And you did just that. Remember the good times and may those always bring a smile to your face. I am with you everyday in spirit. Love Karen
Mark Graziano - Mar 5, 2014
Dear Kay and Family,
I read today in the Tulsa World of Richard’s death and wanted all of you to know that Rich will be missed by his Tulsa family too. I remember many a late night in the dorm lounge listening to Rich, a law student, impart his special form of wisdom on us, a bunch of undergrads. Although not all of what he imparted seemed wise to me, I can honestly say that there was never a dull moment in its imparting! Remembering those nights makes me smile; knowing that his was a life well lived makes me happy. My condolences and prayers — Mark Graziano (The “Graz”)
Kristi - Mar 4, 2014
Kay, with love. What a wonderful tribute. Praying for strength and peace for you. What an amazing man! Gone too soon, so very sorry for your loss!
Diane Kardon - Mar 4, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Rich. I never got to meet him, but I know he was probably a great guy. I will try my best to be there Saturday.
Christine Travis - Mar 4, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to all of the loved ones Rich has left behind. He was a very bright man and all around wonderful person.
JAY GRUENWALD - Mar 4, 2014
Kay, thank you for sharing a beautiful obituary abour Rich, his family and his accimplishments. The picture makes me smile knowing Rich was so very happy when this was done because you and your family were part of his life. Your updates have tucked at my heart, faith and friendship. Tom Buchanan will be representing me at the funeral. I will be thinking of you now and in the future. Rich was a teacher and he continues in that role.