Obituary for Richard F. Miotto

Richard F. Miotto

Richard “Rich” F. Miotto, age 69, of Warsaw, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:25 a.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Rich was born on June 14, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Betty Ann (Buffo) Miotto. He was united in marriage to Deborah Fries on April 22, 1972 in Chicago.

Rich served as Milford police chief from 2008 until his retirement in April 2017. He began his service in 1992. Prior to serving in Milford, He was a part-time deputy marshal with the North Webster Police Department. In total, he served more than 25 years as a law enforcement officer. He also served civil process for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office for several years. In Aug. 2019, he returned to the police department to serve as a part-time investigator under current Town Marshal Derek Kreider.

He faithfully served his country in the U. S. Navy as a Seabee.  A Chicago native and a mechanic by trade, Miotto made a mid-life career change and entered law enforcement as an officer with the Milford Police Department in the early 1990s. Following his retirement, he retreated to his home on the north side of Warsaw to spend time with his wife, Debbie, and devote more time to his hobby of restoring classic automobiles. He could often be seen in town at Main Street Bar and Grill, which is owned by his son Rich Jr. and daughter-in-law, Tracy.

He loved his traditional family, and he loved his law enforcement family. He was a member of the Kosciusko County Shrine Club, making many trips to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.  His other memberships include Kosciusko Masonic Lodge #418, Mizpah Shrine Temple, Ft. Wayne, Kosciusko Co. F.O.P. and the N.R A.

Rich is survived by wife, Debbie Miotto, Warsaw; sons Richard (Tracy) Miotto Jr., Milford and Robert Miotto, Warsaw; sister, Kathy Gold, Clearwater, FL; grandchildren, Brittney (Josh) Lainez, Austin (Becca) Miotto, Michael Miotto, Kaitlyn Miotto, all of Warsaw, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, followed by a Masonic Memorial Service conducted by Kosciusko Masonic Lodge #418 at 5:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Layne Sumner officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw with Military Honors rendered by American Legion Post #49 and V.F.W. Post # 1126.

Due to current COVID-19 recommendations, masks are required.  The public is kindly requested to provide their own. Social distancing is strongly encouraged. No food permitted at this time.

Memorial donations may be made to:

Shriners Hospital for Children

2211 North Oak Park Ave.

Chicago, IL 60707-3392

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