Richard “Rick” A. Valentine

LEETONIA–Richard “Rick” A. Valentine, also known as “Lefty,” 55, of Leetonia died on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1963 in Youngstown, a son of Margaret McNiven Valentine and the late Robert Valentine.

Rick founded and operated Sodbusters Landscaping in Leetonia starting in 1985 and had worked as a truck driver for most of his life. He was a member of the Teamsters, Joe Williams Post #131, American Legion, Leetonia Fraternal of Eagles #1496 and the Leetonia ITAM Club. Rick was a very kind and caring man. He had both coached and sponsored the little league baseball team in Leetonia and was always willing to help a friend. He will best be remembered as a man who loved spending his time with his family and friends.

His wife, Dana Pitzo Valentine, whom he married on Sept. 26, 1992, preceded him in death on July 19, 2018.

He is survived by his son, Cody (Taylor Cope) Valentine of Leetonia; his mother, Margaret “Marge” Valentine of Leetonia; a brother, Daniel (Jennifer) Valentine of Leetonia; four nieces, Danielle (Elmer) Brown, Malorie Valentine, Kelsie Valentine and Darah McKinney; and by three nephews, Aaron Valentine, Corey Valentine and Davin McKinney. Also surviving are two great-nephews, Dylan and Kyle Brown.

Rick was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Valentine.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Leetonia, with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Leetonia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rick’s family to help defray medical expenses.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.familycareservices.com.


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