Richard "Dick" Thomas Serdinak of Mogadore died on April 24 at the age of 80. He was born on February 16, 1938 in Akron and attended Highland Park Elementary School and Kenmore High School. He received additional education through the University of Wisconsin engineering school and was grateful to Mr. Sedgewich, a Howard Hughes engineer, for teaching him machine design. He went on to become an expert in his field and his advice was sought by many.
He designed the first computer numeric-controlled machine to cut tire molds, prior to the days of CAD (computer-aided design). He worked at Lewis Engineering in Solon, Akron Standard Mold in Akron, Admiral Machine in Barberton and Super Mold in Lodi. He founded a successful business and was considered an expert in his field.
He married Carole Edwards in 1959 and they were an inseparable couple. He cared for her during a lengthy illness. She preceded him in death as did his mother, Mary Stark Serdinak, his father, Joseph T. Serdinak, and his brother, James F. Serdinak.
He and Carole were animal lovers and they were members of the Humane Society. Dick was also the founder and head of Portage Performance and ABC - Airplanes, Bicycles & Cars. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Antique Motorcycle Club of America, American Muscle Car Association, Nifty Fifties Car Club of Northern Ohio, Performance Ford Club of America, Whizzer Club and Saint John's Catholic Church.
He is survived by brothers, Edwin, Bob (Lazette) and Ken and sister Marie Wagner as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends Friday 5 to 7 pm at the Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St. Akron OH 44301. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 10:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 1034 Brown St. Akron OH 44306. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Humane Society.