Dr. Drake Richey

RICHEY, Dr. Drake, M.D., 81, of St. Clairsville, retired Radiologist/Chief of the Medical Staff at Barnesville Hospital, passed away 10 June 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Steubenville.

As head of the Radiology Department, he earned the affection of his many patients and the rare honor of recognition as a Fellow by the American College of Radiology.

He loved life, and his sense of humor earned him a ton of life-long friends.

Born March 7, 1932 in Wellsburg to Hobart and Mary Smith Richey, he attended Riverview Grade School and Linsly Military Institute, where he was a four year letterman and captain of the swim team that won the OVAC championship all four years. In his senior year he was President of the Hi-Y Club, and was elected West Virginia Hi-Y State President and National Hi-Y Chaplain.

As official bugler during his time at Linsly, just after the War, he played “Taps” for many World War II veterans’ funerals. His uncle Bob (Lt. Robert M. Richey), killed at Hickam Field/Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was Wellsburg’s first fatality of World War II.

After graduation from West Virginia University, Drake earned his M.D. degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C., interned at Walter Reed Army Hospital and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the Panama Canal Zone. He completed his residency in radiology at the Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling.

He was the grandson of Cliff Smith and Bessie Green Smith, whose ancestors came to Brooke County in the early 1800s, and of George W. K. and Harriet Anderson Richey, all of Scotch-Irish origins. He was a 60 year member of Wellsburg Lodge No. 2, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, a member of Osiris Shrine, and a past-Director of the Royal Order of Jesters, Wheeling.

He is survived by his son, Matt Richey of St. Paul, Minnesota; by his long time love Sharon Freeman of Moundsville and her son T.J.; and by two brothers, Hobart Richey of Pittsburgh, and Kaye Richey of Venice, FL. He is also mourned by nieces Barbara, Sharon, Monica, Carol, Lynn, and Vali Richey, and nephews Hobart, Scott, and T.G. Kaye Richey; and by his friends, especially at his favorite watering hole, Jerry Gasber’s Fine Day Restaurant of St. Clairsville, where a seat has long been designated “Doc Drake’s”.

A celebration of Drake’s life will be held later in June.

Arrangements entrusted to Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville.