TUSSEY, RICHARD B. (7 Nov. 1918-5 June 1981) was an ardent campaigner for liberal causes. A dedicated unionist, his motto was "to make life better for working people." Born to Jesse and Romaine Berlin Tussey in Pittsburgh, PA, Richard completed elementary and high school there, and then pursued course with various labor organizations. In 1938, inspired by the ideals of Eugene Debs, he became a member of the Socialist Labor Party.
In 1941 he married Viola Bencsis, with whom he had two daughters, Bonnie L. and Romaine. That union ended in divorce. On 1 Aug. 1952 Tussey married a second time, to Jean Yatrovsky Simon.
In 1941 Tussey came to Cleveland. He joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). After its dissolution, he joined the
Tussey's life was unreservedly for the ideals of the political left. He was granted a deferment