Richard Allen (Rick) Puthoff

July 30, 1945 - October 31, 2021

Richard Allen (Rick) Puthoff, age 76, of Cincinnati, OH/ Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Port Charlotte.

Rick was born July 30, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH and attended Purcell (now Purcell Marian) High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 – 1971, earning a Silver Star for his service in Vietnam, one of the highest awards for valor in the Armed Services. Rick also received multiple commendations, badges, and awards during his time in the service, including an award for Marksmanship and a Combat Medical badge.

He then served as a Detective for the Cincinnati police before transitioning to security at GE Aviation, from which he retired in 2005. He and Margie raised their children in Harrison, OH, where they attended St. John’s parish. After his retirement, Rick and Margie spilt their time between Cincinnati and their home in Port Charlotte, FL. Rick enjoyed numerous visits from his children, grand and great grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends, where Rick would take them boating or enjoy time by the pool. Rick also loved to cut grass, and took care of many a yard in their neighborhood and surrounding areas for residents and snow birds alike. He also always had a good story to tell and a laugh that would fill a room.

Rick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margie (Fassnacht) Puthoff; children, Wendy St. John (Andrew), Tammy Ungerbuhler (Mark), Richard Puthoff (Susanne), and Jamie Purcell (Dan); as well as 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Marguerite Puthoff; brother, Ronald Puthoff; sister, Phyllis Formes; as well as grandson, Joshua Ryan Puthoff.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 am at St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison, OH.  Internment will be private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please direct donations to the Richard Puthoff Memorial Fund using the link:

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Beth and Greg Hoekzema Nov 3, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Margie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Rick hired Greg and they still kept in touch after his retirement from GE. We visited them once at their home in Florida. Prayers to you all. We know you all will miss him. ❤️

  2. Lynne Perkins Nov 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Rick was a very special friend and neighbor to us. He helped me so much when Ken my husband was in hospital having his leg amputated. Food, cards, gas money, gift bag for me as I travelled back and forth. Rick would always stop at my house, come into garage, sit and chat, or in the street. He was always concerned, or a laugh or two, tell me about his son Ricky and the girls. He was so proud of his children. His love for Margie was so obvious to all. Rick loved and cared without any reservation, a genuine, righteous, faithful man. Nothing will ever be the same in our little neighborhood community of friends now with Rick gone. But we’ll all take great care of Margie when she’s here in Florida. We love the Puthoff family dearly and our deepest sympathy goes out to all of them. Much love and prayers for their peace and comfort. Rest in God’s eternal peace, Rick. – Lynne and Ken Perkins

  3. RON BEUERLEIN Nov 3, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Condolences to the Puthoff Family. May God Bless Rick as he moves on to another place. As a fellow Cavalier (63) and Veteran, I can vaguely remember Rick back in the day as a low key kind of guy. When I read about his tour of duty I was totally amazed his service and awards. Many of us were called to arms back then and certainly Rick did his job for God and Country. I was hoping to catch up to him in Florida as we spend our winters there. Now I will just have to wait for another time.
    God Bless you all.
    Ron Beuerlein Family

  4. Sherry and David McAlpine Nov 3, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    It is a sad loss for all of Rick’s Canadian friends. David and Sherry will miss him and his drop ins to visit while we stayed in Florida for the winter. We can’t imagine not having those visits. His memory will be with us forever. Our special wishes to Margie and family during this time.
    A well-loved man by many friends and relatives.
    Bless you all!

  5. Tom Hartel Nov 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    May all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace through the mercy of God amen…

  6. Joanna Jones Nov 3, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    My deepest condolences to Margie and all of the family. There are no words so soften this heartache but I know the love he shared for all of you will be the sweetest memory. He was just one of a kind and I will miss him dearly.

    Your friend and neighbor,

  7. Kurt Davish Nov 5, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Condolences and prayers. Rick hired me at GE and stayed in touch through the years. I enjoyed working for him and talking with him. Rest in peace Rick.

  8. Janet and Josh Day Nov 5, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Margie and all your wonderful family, we send our love and deepest sympathy for your loss. Will forever cherish all the memories we’ve made with you and Rick over the years. He was a great friend, so much fun, positive and supportive. We pray our God of All Comfort will be with each of you according to your needs in the days ahead.

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