AUSTINTOWN - Ricky J. "Rick" Rounds, 61, of Austintown, passed away peacefully from an apparent heart attack on Friday, March 28, 2014, while doing mission work with the church group in West Virginia.
He was born April 17, 1952, in Rochester, Pa., the son of Delbert and Rosanna McDermott Rounds, and had lived in the Mahoning Valley most of his life.
Rick was a member of the Labors Union 935 for more than 35 years where he worked for various companies and retired in 2005. Upon retirement, Rick was an over-the- road truck driver for six years and for the first year was a team driver with his daughter Kristy.
He attended Girard High School and was a member of Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church.
Rick was a proud United States Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War and earned the rank of private first class. His military specialty was being a medic, and he earned the following decorations and citations - the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, working out on his treadmill, playing poker and the lottery (where he met his wife, Krista), but above all, he especially loved his grandchildren and will always be their "Papa Rick."
Rick was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan, being a season ticket-holder, where he loved the tailgating and they will never be the same without his famous brats that he would cook.
He leaves behind to hold onto his precious memories, his wife of more than 29 years, Krista Ventresco, whom he married March 2, 1985; four children, Lonnie Rounds of Warren, Kristy Rounds of Niles, Ricky Jr. (Kelli) Rounds of Bazzetta and James (Fiance Shelby Wilson) Rounds of Austintown; six grandchildren, Justin, Haley, Megan, Gabrella, Claire and Ricky III Rounds; a stepgranddaughter, Katie Click; a brother, Delbert Jr. (Mishelle) Rounds of Pennsylvania; and his first wife, Sherry Gromely of Niles
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a special aunt who helped raise him after his mother passed, Bernadine Tepsic.
There will be a funeral service held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, with Pastor John Weisman officiating.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, and again from 10 until 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday at Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church.
Rick will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his big smile, sarcastic wit, generous personality and always willing to give a helping hand to others. He was also an excellent caregiver to his whole family, but he especially was to his wife, Krista, during her time of illness and when she needed him most.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuc-cifh.com.