Wolohan, Richard V., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Died at Shattuck Manor on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Richard (Dick) was born on October 9, 1915, in Birch Run, Michigan. He was the youngest, and only remaining, of eight children, born to the late Charles and Anna Wolohan of Birch Run, Michigan. Dick was united in marriage to Angela M. Phoenix on February 3, 1942, she predeceased him on October 12, 2006, Dick and Angela shared a loving and faith filled marriage for 64 years. Dick joined Charles Wolohan, Inc., the family grain, bean, feed and lumber business in 1932. Following military service in 1944, he became manager of the Davison, MI grain elevator business, adding a lumber division, and restoring operations to financial soundness.  In 1950, the business was acquired by the Wickes Corporation and Wolohan became vice-president, and, general manager, as well as a director of the corporation.  In 1964, he left Wickes to found Wolohan Lumber Co, serving as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman until his retirement in 1982.  He continued to serve as a Board Director until 1997. Dick had a firm belief and commitment to helping others. He was an effective leader, impacting the viability and growth of both individuals and the Saginaw Community as a whole. He served on the boards and committees of numerous public corporations and non profit organizations, including the City Rescue Mission, St. Stephen’s Church, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Profit Sharing Council of America and Serra International Trust Fund.  He was a long term member of Saginaw Valley State University’s Board of Fellows and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law Degree in 1985. Dick was a founding member of The Field Neurosciences Institute and an honorary board member as well.  He served on St. Mary’s Advisory Board and also served as a director of Second National Corporation (Saginaw); now Citizens Republic Bancorp.  Dick was a founding shareholder and director of Morley Companies, retiring from the Morley Companies Board in 1997. Dick strongly believed in promoting a better world for the poor and he actively supported several charitable organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, Food For The Poor, Seton Institute, Glenmary Home Missions, Holy Cross Children’s Services and Holy Cross Missions.  Over the years, Dick provided significant leadership, direction, and counsel to Nouvel Catholic Central High School, serving as honorary chairman of their leadership circle.  His vision and commitment helped make Nouvel what it is today.  Dick and Angela established the Wolohan Family Foundation in 1986 as a non profit corporation to receive and administer funds in support of religious, health care, and educational purposes.  Dick was an active member of St. Stephens Catholic Church, the Serra Club and the Sorin Society of Notre Dame University.  He was also a member of the Torch Club, Saginaw Club, and, former member of the Saginaw Country Club. Dick led his life guided by three priorities, God, Family, and, Community.  He set an example for everyone through the purposeful and ethical way he lived his daily life. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and his children strive to follow his ideals. Surviving Dick are his seven children; Richard P. (Marsha) Wolohan of Rockville, MD, Mary Kay Ness of Plymouth, MN,  Patricia A. (Michael) Kremin, Sharon L Wolohan, James L (Terry) Wolohan, all of Saginaw; Christine M. Wolohan;Wayzata, MN.; and Dr. Michael J. (Marcia) Wolohan, Saginaw.  He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.  As siblings, we would, again, like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our sister, Sharon, who has devoted her life and superb nursing skills as Dad’s primary caregiver. She continues to be a source of great strength and comfort to our entire family.  Our parents instilled a strong sense of family commitment and faith in each of us; we are all blessed to be a part of such a strong family unit; we could never have walked this journey without each other and our spouses who continuously have supported us each step of the way.  A special thank you to Terry, and, Marcia Wolohan, not only for your excellent goodies for Dad, but, more importantly, your love, support and companionship.  The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to our friends and all caregivers from Visiting Angels; particularly Eva, Susan and Coral. Thank you as well to the loyal staff at Shattuck Manor who have helped us walk this journey with Dad.  Dick’s Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1310 Malzahn. Rev. James G. Heller will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Vigil Service honoring Dick will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m., under the direction of Audrey Wilson. Dick will lie in state at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Dick and Angela Wolohan Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund, C/O Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan (CCFMM), St. Stephen Catholic Church, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, or the charity of their choice.  www.DeislerFuneralHome.com