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Richard D. Ater

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Service: 10:00am Sat. February 29th, 2020
Location: Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center

ATER, Richard “Dick”, 66, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 in his home. Dick was born February 25, 1953 in Springfield, Ohio to Vernon and Martha Jane (Turnbull). He was a beloved Teacher at Springfield Clark CTC, where he was a friend and mentor to many. Dick was the owner and founder of Ater Frame and Body, and traveled far and wide making many friends following his love of racing. He is survived by three children, Nicci (Chris) Gallivan, Michael Ater and Meggan Mangona; his better half and significant other, Cathy Saunders; 12 grandchildren, Anthony, Ryan, Zachary, Emily, Peyton, Jadan, Carmine, Bentley, Aaliyah, Jordin, Kendra and Letty; two siblings, Doug Ater and Susie (Terry) McElwee; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Angie Newman, Monica Bailey, Christina Bogard and Jamie Ater. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 - 7 p.m. in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. His funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Springfield Clark CTC. Burial will follow in Massies Creek Cemetery, Cedarville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Clark CTC - Drug Free America, 1901 Selma Rd., Springfield, OH 45505.

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So Sorry for the Families and Friends of Dick . Dick always took the time to shake your hand and always talked to you.RIP Dick. Good Guy.

- Gus Lewis, Saturday February 29th, 2020

To lose a high school friend. Always bring to light that life is to short. RIP Dick!!!!

- Kim Vitek, Saturday February 29th, 2020

Sorry for the loss of a friend we have known for many years , God take is hand on great man sadly missed

- Kenny And Dianna Camp, Friday February 28th, 2020

Sincerely so sad, for the loss of your wonderful father. He loved you so much. Such a kind man. Sincerely, Bob & Bert Druckenbroad

- Bob & Bert Druckenbroad, Friday February 28th, 2020

Meggan and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of prayers for you and your family. Give the kids hugs from all of us. We are here for you.

- Andy and Andrea Shroyer, Thursday February 27th, 2020

What a man we were blessed to be associated with, thank you for the many times we needed a word of wisdom or encouragement. RIP Dick

- Scott & Jaime Broughton , Wednesday February 26th, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Ater family- Remember he will.always be with you in spirit and will be your guardian angel🙏🙏🙏

- Neil & Kathy Gallivan, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

I didn’t really know ater that much I only really saw him when I took trips to ctc one was with my school and another was open house my friend and a former student of ater Thaddeus Conley I will miss ater and I’m sure that he will miss all of us God bless you

- Nate Anway, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

He taught me a lot about autobody when he was my teacher at Ctc and I will truly miss him. Thank you for the knowledge mr. Ater

- Jesse frost , Wednesday February 26th, 2020

I didn’t really know ater that much I only really saw him when I took trips to ctc one was with my school and another was open house my friend and a former student of ater Thaddeus Conley I will miss ater and I’m sure that he will miss all of us God bless you

- Nate Anway, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

Mr Ater was my instructor in 2006-2008 for auto body. He helped me learn my passion with cars and painting. He was a great mentor and helped in so many ways. He will be greatly missed. Thank you for everything Ater.

- Brittany Sigmon, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

What a great man, outstanding teacher, there will never be another one like him. so glad my son had the good fortune to be instructed by him. It was an honor to make his acquaintance.

- Sheila Dunn, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

My deepest most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and students. Dick Ater was a great mentor to SO MANY people. His wisdom and teachings are very much alive in hundreds upon hundreds of students and friends of his. The world lost a great man.

- Shawn Anon, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

My deepest most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and students. Dick Ater was a great mentor to SO MANY people. His wisdom and teachings are very much alive in hundreds upon hundreds of students and friends of his. The world lost a great man.

- Shawn Anon, Wednesday February 26th, 2020

Cathy I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Renetta Ramsey, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Mr. Ater, You were a wonderful friend to my father, Steve, and a wonderful person. Thank you for always being kind to me and encouraging me whenever I would visit Dad, you, and the other wonderful teachers at CTC (forever JVS to me). You were an absolute delight and will be missed. I am praying for your family and friends as we all grieve this terrific loss. You were an amazing inspiration for generations and I am proud to have been one who was inspired by you. God bless you. -Emily (Em) Walters

- Emily Walters, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

So Saddened by Dick's passing. Went to school with him. We Graduated from Greenon in 1971. When we were in High School, he'd come over & talk for hours with my brother's about Car's. A Wonderful, Kind Man that I will Never Forget. So Sorry for your Loss, Cathy. My Thoughts & Prayer's are with You and Dick's Family. 🙏♥️😢

- Teresa Baldwin, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Greatly loved and missed. i wish my arms could reach heaven. Watch over us

- Lisa McDanel, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Words can’t express how saddened we are for your loss , Megan , & family: Dick was a long time friend , crew chief for many years to Shane .He brought us so many loving memories and shared many wins and Championships. We could always rely on him to be with us every Saturday during racing season! Shane came to trust his judgment,wisdom as well as his advice.Dick and Shane’s ideas complimented each other and would make it better than before: Dick had a maticoulas mind and very detailed oriented person. I could go on and on .... He has left us with so many wonderful memories.We will cherish them forever; In Deep Sorrow, Shane and Tracy and family

- Shane &Tracy Shirk, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

I feel like a better person having met Dick Ater. Even though he won’t be at the 2020 Rattler, I feel good knowing that he will be riding in the car with my son, Justin Beck in his first ever Pro Late Model race in the car that Dick found for us. Until we meet again ole friend.

- Jeffrey Beck, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

You were a great teacher and you will be missed my thoughts and prayers go out to your family

- Jennifer Lemmons , Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for the family.

- Wilma Funk, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Gods Speed fly free

- David lewis, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Mr. Ater was my boyfriends teacher and he taught him amazing things. This is such a tragedy. He was so loved and he will be missed. I’m sorry for your loss, keep your chin up.

- Stella Stembridge , Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Mr. Ater was my lab teacher when I went to jvs back in 2002-2004 he was a great teacher and friend to me and helped me a lot Mr. After u will be missed so much. Until we meet again Rip.

- Michael W Craig , Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Praying for all of the family! I am so saddened for you all. I will always remember Dick for being there for me, and all the fun memories with him, he always took me in as his own. Meggan if you need anything at all please message me do not hesitate. Sending love and prayers.

- Susan Sweeney, Tuesday February 25th, 2020

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