Richard “Dick” Dale Mandrake, age 81, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Ravenswood, WV on Wednesday, June
Friends knew him as “Dick” and family affectionately referred to him as “Poppy”. Dick was born in Kingsville, OH on March 2, 1938. He graduated from Kingsville High School in 1956. Shortly thereafter, he met and married his wife, Carol Mandrake, on June 27, 1959 and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of matrimony together.
Dick spent the first 36 years of his life in Northeast Ohio (Ashtabula County) where he worked for General Tire, Reliance Electric, Ohio Products, and Prudential Insurance. Dick and his family moved to Winfield, WV in 1974 where he worked for Mutual of Omaha and Wesco Corporation. The family moved to Jackson County, WV in 1982 where Dick found his love in the oil and gas industry with Eagle Petroleum.
Although busy with his career, “Poppy” always made time to attend and cheer on his beloved kids and grandkids at their various sporting events.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and a diehard Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
Dick was a valiant fighter and survivor, as he was first diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in 1998. He signed up for experimental chemo and radiation at the Cleveland Clinic and was able to turn that into an additional 21 year lease on life.
Dick was preceded in death by his father (Charles Mandrake), his mother (Evelyn Boyer Mandrake), and his brother (Charles G. Mandrake).
In addition to his wife Carol, Dick is survived by his daughter Cheryl Mandrake (Scott Chinn) and his son Rick Mandrake (Tina Mandrake). Other survivors include: Granddaughter’s Rebecca Ferrell (Sonya Jones), Jessica Fields (Travis Fields), and Kaitlin Chinn. Grandson’s Hayden Mandrake, Trey Mandrake, and Noah Chinn ( Hannah). Great Granddaughter Caitlyn Boggess, and Great Grandson Trenten Fields.
There will be no funeral service, as Dick selflessly chose to donate his body to the WVU Human Gift Registry.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. R.I.P. “Poppy” as you enter the Pearly Gates with a Tarzan yell and your rendition of “Wooly Bully”!