Richard L. Olney

  • Born: June 27, 1954
  • Died: December 28, 2012
  • Location: Mohawk, New York

Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes

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Whitesboro, NY 13492
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard L. Olney, II, 58, of Mohawk, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012, at his home with his loving family by his side. Richard was born on June 27, 1954, in Utica, the son of the late Richard L. and Audrey L. Olney formerly of Yorkville. He was married to Barbara J. Chapple on July 12, 1975. Richard proudly served in the United States Marine Corp and also served in the National Guard. Through his love and passion for comic books, Richard found the West Utica Comic Club, which successfully transformed into the Organized Readers of Comics Associated, or ORCA for short. Richard was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the NRA. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Olney of Mohawk, and five children, Richard L. Olney III and his wife, Jessica; Christopher Olney and his wife Jessica; Starr Lynn Olney-Pfluke and her husband, Richard; Timothy Olney and Nelson Olney. Seven grandchildren, Anthony, Gage and Zackary Olney, Ashley and Juliana Olney, James Collins and Alyssa Matthews. A special sister, Darleen Olney and a special family friend, Dick Mosseau. The family would like to thank Dr. Sara Grethlein, the nursing staff at Bassett Cancer Center and Hospice Palliative Care for all the special care that was extended to Richard. A service will be on Wednesday at 1:30 at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. There will be no calling hours. Friends may consider donations to Hospice or Bassett Cancer Center, Herkimer, in memory of Richard.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will remember Rick as a man who loved his family. I will never forget the places he brought us, the conventions, the car washes, and all the meetings he held. Thanks for all the great memories RickO. God bless you and your loved ones.

Posted by Justin Belmont - Denver, CO - Family friend   January 03, 2013

Barb and family our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, i remember the most when we were up to camp and also him coming back to clifton springs with my family, it's been a rough couple yrs with the passing of his mom and dad

Posted by Sharon(pieters) Pentycofe - newark,, NY   January 01, 2013


What a wonderful and full of life man. He will be missed and prayers to his wonderful family.

Posted by Brenda Gruet - Frankfort, NY - Friend   January 01, 2013

I'm extremely sorry for your loss. Though we didn't see eye to eye on some things, he was a great man who deeply cared and loved this country and his family-no one can argue that. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Posted by Courtney P. - Saranac Lake, NY   January 01, 2013

Barb, to the sweetest lady in the world, my heart breaks for you in this time of loss.. I am so sorry to hear about Rick. I wish i had the opportunity to meet him. Im sure he is a great guy and will be missed by all. I pray for you and your family and hope for healing in this time of loss. May you find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering, and is now watching over each one of you. He is your Guardian Angel now.

Posted by Andra W. - westwinfield, NY   December 31, 2012


So sorry for your loss Barb and family. I didn't know Rick well or get the chance to but the time we talked and had at the picnic was enjoyable. I was looking forward to more picnics and talks but you were gone too soon and I didn't have any idea you were real sick. I'm glad we reconnected. My grandfather was Bert Olney. At least he's not suffering,he's in a better place now.

Posted by Sherry Bates - Little Falls, NY - Cousin   December 31, 2012

Barb and family...I know your sadness right now is overwhelming, and I pray daily for the healing to begin for all of you. Ricky was an amazing man with the biggest heart and will be missed by many!! Ricky, my dear cousin, I'm so greatful that we reconnected and I had the past few years with you back in my life thanks to finding each other on FB. I will cherish our long talks, and your words of advice and wisdom forever. I will especially hold dear our 2hr talk on phone just 2 short weeks ago!! My heart is so heavy with sadness that my planned visit to see you this weekend never happened, but I know that you are in better place- no longer suffering- and that I will see you again!! You are in my heart forever, I love you xoxo

Posted by Denise Applebee - Pennellville, NY   December 31, 2012

My mother was ricky's aunt. He was a much older cousin. I have nothing but fond memories of cousin ricky. His smile would light up a room and brighten what seemed to be a hopelessly gloomy one. His laughter was like a rumble of joyful thunder. I remember as young as 8 years old stayin at Rick and Barbs house for a night or weekend and watching Rick draw his comics and sharing his collection with me. Although I have not seen u in years cousin, as I always have I will always hold you and our times we shared and spent together close in my heart. You were always a man deserving the utmost respect. Barb my deepest sympathies go out to you and yours during this time of mourning. Cousin Ricky's light and spirit is one that will for sure never fade.

Posted by Steven Pilenza - Rome, NY   December 31, 2012


Sorry For Your Loss, Didn't Get To Know Him That Welll, but am sure he was a great guy. He will be misses

Posted by William Bates - Utica, NY - Cousin   December 31, 2012

Barb and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We only knew Rich briefly but what a nice, gentle soul he was. We so enjoyed our time with him this past summer at the picnic. You all are in our prayers.

Posted by William and Patricia Mammone - New Hartford, NY   December 31, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It has been many years now since I saw Rick and his family. But I keep all my past friends in my heart always, and grieve with you. My heart and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Posted by Diane (Williams) Fetterolf - New Hartford, NY   December 30, 2012


I am so sorry for your loss.Words cannot take your pain away right now but your beautiful soul and loving heart made his life so much better for just a little bit longer..
God bless.

Posted by Karen Cassel - Whitesboro, NY - Friend   December 30, 2012

I only knew Rick from online, but he was always friendly and decent to me.. My deepest condolences to his entire family.

Posted by Rick Diehl - Colorado Springs, CO - Friend   December 30, 2012


I'm so sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy and great friend. I will fondly remember him. I have some very nice memories of him and our days at NY Mills and more memories since our reconnection a couple of years ago. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to say goodbye!

Posted by Lyn Deutschman - Friend   December 30, 2012

Barb, we are so sorry for your loss Karin, Brad and Sara

Posted by Karin Longtin - Poland, NY   December 29, 2012

Barb, It was a pleasure to get to meet you and Richard thursday and hope that things go well for you all.

Posted by Ralph Wellington Sr. - Cedarville, NY   December 29, 2012