Richard R. Stull (Dick)
Richard R. Stull (Dick) was born to Harold and Edna Howman Stull in rural Wayne County, July 30, 1940. He was the youngest of three children, brother Tom and sister Ilene. He is the father of two daughters, Robin of Indianapolis and Crystal of Perrysville. He also has one granddaughter, Courtney and a great granddaughter, Raven.
Dick was a 1959 graduate of Jeromesville High School. He has played sports as long as he has been walking. As a young athlete he would take the hurdles home in the summer and set them up on the gravel road in front of his home and he would run hurdles, as soon as the farm chores were completed, he also shot baskets in the barn. Coach Bob Valentine was his coach in football, basketball and track.
Dick earned 15 varsity letters playing four sports; track, baseball, basketball, and football. He only had three letters in football and he is quick to tell you he had pneumonia his freshman year and was not on top of his game that year.
In football he was chosen First Team County All-Star 1957-1959. His senior year he averaged 16.25 yards per carry and had 17 touchdowns, his junior year he was a top carrier in the nation with 13.5 yards per carry for over 1027 yards in 76 plays.
Basketball saw him receive Honorable Mention All-Ohio in 1958 and 1959, and Coaches Select Ashland County League All-Star in 1957, 1958 and 1959.
Dick was a representative of Jeromesville High School at the State Track Meet where he participated in broad jump, low and high hurdles in 1957-1959. He was seventh in broad jump both his junior and senior year. Dick took second place in low hurdles his senior year at the state level.
In baseball he was a pitcher and played first base under coach Tom LaFrance.
After graduation Dick played on many baseball and softball men’s slow-pitch and fast-pitch teams in Ashland County and surrounding areas. He played for Bodager Hardware, Wooster Equity, Jeromesville American Legion, Wayside Inn and Wooster Merchants.
His contribution to coaching girls softball in the area lead from Jeromesville, Ohio from 1980-1983, to starting a girls traveling team with young ladies from Ashland, Wayne and surrounding counties and they played in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He then started a tournament in Jeromesville for girls 16 and under. This led to what is currently known as the Wayne County All-Star Tournament, held in Kidron and the surrounding area. This tournament is girls 18 and under and the proceeds are used for a scholarship fund for outstanding young women, both on and off the field. This scholarship fund has provided $66,000 in total scholarships.
Dick served on the Wayne County Fair Board for 17 years in many capacities. Two years as Vice President, two years as President, Chairperson of Entertainment, Food and Ride Concessionaires’ and Chair of Buildings and Grounds.
He had been a member of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce for 30 years serving actively for the last twenty. He served on the board for three years, executive committee for two years. Dick was instrumental in establishing the Wayne County Area Home and Garden Show 17 years ago beginning with 17 exhibitors and it now has 217 exhibitors. He is currently serving as Chairperson for Woosterfest. He has also served on the Field of Dreams Special Olympics Softball game, which is an annual event in July.
Dick along with his daughter Crystal Stull, who has Lyme disease, has worked tirelessly to bring awareness of this disease to Ohio. Through, then State Representative Jim Carmichael they introduced legislation in Columbus declaring May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Crystal, her daughter Courtney and grand-daughter Raven all contacted Lyme disease in Ashland County.
Dick would like to acknowledge his coaches and his family, for their efforts in helping him succeed, not only as an athlete but in his professional life. Dick is owner of Stull’s Hair Clinic in Wooster and a realtor for Real Estate Showcase.
Nominator: Ilene Cutlip