Edward Richard Ondick

December 26, 1922 ~ August 10, 2018 (age 95)
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Edward Richard Ondick was born on December 26, 1922 in Lakewood, Ohio and left this earth peacefully on August 10, 2018 to meet his Heavenly Father.  Ed was surrounded by his loving daughters, Anna and Carol, and a host of family and friends in his home and at 6:30 p.m., he quickly slipped away to join his beloved wife, Robbie Ondick who predeceased him 5 years ago. 

Even though Ed had a difficult childhood with humble beginnings, he worked hard doing various jobs to support his family.  He was always optimistic and continued looking for opportunities for a better future and life.  After graduating from Lakewood High School, he went to work briefly for General Motors in the mail room and then later joined Swift & Company where he started his career in the meat industry.   He started working in “sales” in Saranac Lake, New York in the summer and then, Miami Beach, Florida in the winter.  

It was there in Miami where he met the love of his life, Robbie Rountree and they were married on May 2, 1952. After starting a family, opportunity knocked again and the family moved to Tampa where Ed managed Herman’s Sausage Company and Cook Quik Meats.   Later they would move back to Miami where he managed Dan’s Prize Meat Company.  In 1963, Ed made the decision to purchase Hi Flavor Meats and moved his family to Central Florida where he would remain and live the rest of his life.   Hi Flavor Meats was a family run business, located in Winter Springs until it closed in 2000.  It was a mainstay in the community which employed many people throughout its years of business. 

Ed was well respected in his field and served in many associations offering his expertise to serve the meat industry. He was always enthusiastic about helping people succeed in life and in business.  He was a long standing member of the Southeastern Meat Association serving on the Board of Directors and as President of the Association.  Also, he served in many capacities through the years on the Board of Directors with the National Association of Meat Processors.

In addition, Ed actively served on the Board of Directors for Citizens Bank of Florida from 1980 – 2009.  He was elected Vice Chairman in 1990 and in 2006 was elected Chairman of the Board.  When Ed officially retired in 2009, he was honored and named Emeritus Director.  He was well known in the community and loved by the family and friends of Citizens Bank.   You could always count on him to attend and support many community events and projects that the bank participated in through the years. 

Ed loved people and never met a stranger.  He lived a Christian life always looking to fill a need and to help whenever he could.  With his strong business skills, he leaves behind a wonderful legacy to many, who he was a mentor to through the years and touched many lives as a result. 

Ed is survived by his daughters, Anna Ondick and Carol Belcher, (son in law, Charley) and leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:  Evergreen Baptist Church.               

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