Richard F. "Dick" McCartney, a retired sergeant in the Ohio Highway Patrol, died Saturday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He was 84.
His family said the death was the result of complications from a heart attack he suffered in March.
Mr. McCartney joined the highway patrol in the early 1950s, during a time when the nation's highway system was still in its infancy and troopers were trained on motorcycles, recalled his son, Jim McCartney.
He said his father enjoyed aspects of his patrol job such as assisting stranded motorists and investigating accidents, and he never took much interest in issuing speeding tickets.
"He was really a traditional highway patrolman who believed his duty was to protect and serve," his son said.
It was common in that era for troopers to be reassigned to new posts on an almost regular basis, and Jim McCartney said the family had to move between several area towns for a period of about a decade before settling in Van Wert. By the time his father hit the highway patrol's mandatory retirement age of 59 in 1976, he had risen to the rank of sergeant at the Van Wert post.
Mr. McCartney spent the next two decades working several full and part-time security positions, including stints at a state mental hospital and at The Andersons Inc. in Maumee. He did not fully retire from work until about seven years ago, his son said.
Born June 26, 1922, in Toledo, Mr. McCartney graduated from Whitmer High School and went on to serve with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he set a goal for himself to join the highway patrol.
"He always had an inkling for it," his son recalled.
However, Mr. McCartney first spent several years with the Lucas County Sheriff's Department, after determining it the best way to gain entry into the highway force.
Mr. McCartney was an avid golfer, and had a lifetime membership with the Bayview Retirees Golf Club. He belonged to the Conn Weisenberger American Legion Post 587, and was a longtime parishioner of Regina Coeli Catholic Church.
Mr. McCartney's son recalled his father as a terrific family man who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He and his wife, Phyllis McCartney, were married for more than 40 years before her death in 2001.
Surviving are his daughters, Jane Bowen, Teresa Davis, and Molly McCartney; sons Jim McCartney, Rick McCartney; sisters Nan Reno and Sue Pool; brothers Robert McCartney and Lawrence McCartney; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Sujkowski Funeral Home, Northpointe. Services will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Helping Hands of St. Louis Church.