Final Patrol: Investigator Richard T. Bobnick (Retired)


Richard T. Bobnick

October 5, 1940 - February 19, 2022


RICHFIELD SPRINGS - Richard T. Bobnick, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, Feb. 19, 2022, at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Oneonta, Oct. 5, 1940, son of the late Stanley and Frances Bobnick of Milford.

He was raised and educated in Milford graduating from the Class of 1958.

On April 8, 1961, he was united in marriage with the former Janet L. Quackenbush at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Oneonta. They shared a devoted union of many years. In 1966 he left his family farm in Milford and went to the NY State Police Academy in Albany. Upon completing the Academy he and his family moved to Richfield Springs where he was stationed as a trooper until his promotion to investigator (BCI) after health issues forced him to retire from the state in 1986.

After his retirement from the state he worked at the family-owned Sears Catalog Store along side his wife, Janet, until Sears closed all catalog stores in 1993. He then owned and operated Bobnick Snowmobile and Tractor Parts for many years until his retirement.

He left the area for many years and moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be with his special companion, Violla Ploutz (Leach) until her sudden passing in December. 2021. He returned in late December to his family home in Richfield and his wife with whom he had remained in a special and dear friendship.

Truly a genuine, hard working, honest man who we cherished, he will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet; two sons, Michael (Wendy) of Schaumburg, Illinois, and Kevin (Lisa) of Richfield Springs; daughter, Monica (Lenny) of Richfield Springs; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and mother-in-law, he was predeceased by his only brother, David; and a special son-in-law, Dean Robertson .

There will be no calling hours at Richards's request. His wishes were that you remember him by spending time with someone you love.

Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Richfield Springs Fire Department, P.O. Box 1456, Richfield Springs, NY 13439.


Published on March 1, 2022


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