On June 10, 2018, Richard “Richie” Garcia, 49, of Delaware, OH, lost a short battle to cancer while surrounded by his wife, children and immediate family.

Born in New York City on Nov. 6, 1968, Richie loved his family and friends unconditionally and would do anything in the world for his children.

He was the best father, role model and protector. Many of his friends describe him as a “gentle giant” who always put others before himself.

He loved hosting parties, where you could find him DJing, telling a funny story or showing his wedding video, as this was the happiest day of his life, aside from the birth of his children.

Richie is survived by his wife, Christine Garcia, of 15 years; two children, Lilliana Garcia and Richard “Cheech” Garcia, Jr.; his mother, Lucy Garcia; sister, Christine Garcia; step-sister, Vivian Estrada; step-brother, Oscar Garcia; mother and father-in-law, Diana and David Melko; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Oscar Garcia, he was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware, OH.

Funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, OH, followed by a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room hosted by the St. Mary Bereavement Committee.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the Richard “Richie” Garcia Memorial Fund. Checks may be mailed to Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan, P.O. Box 279, Delaware, OH, 43015. Funds will be used to pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance and a college fund for his children.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Garcia family.

To share a fond memory of Richie or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit snyderfuneralhomes .com.