Richard Duane Kriens, 86, Ashland, OH, died June 13, 2019 at Brethren Care Village following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Services will be held July 6 at Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home in Ashland. Interment will follow at the Dalton (OH) Cemetery.
Richard was born to German immigrants on October 16, 1932 in rural Belmond. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree and was always a champion of the value of education. He earned a BA from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in 1956, followed by a Ph.D in organic chemistry from Iowa State University in 1963.
Prior to receiving his BA, Richard took a break in his education and enlisted in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, serving from August 1953 to June 1955, and earning a National Defense Service Medal.
Richard started his career by teaching junior and senior high science and math at Ruthven from 1957 to 1958. While completing his Ph.D, Richard was an assistant professor of chemistry at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant from 1963 to 1965.
Richard moved to Ashland, OH in 1965 to teach organic chemistry at Ashland College. He retired from teaching at Ashland University in 1996, earning the title of Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. He then worked part time for ten years in the quality control lab at Hess and Clark.
Richard married Linda (Hazel) Kriens March 30, 1967. They raised three children.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Minnie (Meints) Kriens; parents-in-law Edward and Vanita (Buchwalter) Hazel; siblings Kenneth Kriens, Dorothy Quint and Phyllis Baumgardner; and brothers-in-law Otto Vestweber, John Quint, Jim Baumgardner and Airell Clark.
Richard is survived by his wife Linda; children John Kriens of New York, NY, Heidi (Alan) Myers of New Philadelphia, OH, and Rebecca Kriens of Brecksville, OH; grandsons Eric and Justin Myers of New Philadelphia, and Chase Kriens of Montclair, NJ; sisters Wilhelmine Vestweber and Joan Clark of Belmond; and sister-in-law Florence Kriens of Clear Lake.
Memorials are suggested in Richards’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association.