Richard D. Emrick,
Age 96, was born in Lewisburg, Ohio. As a member of the Greatest Generation, Richard served his country in the US Army during WWII, when he trained as a paratrooper and radio operator for the 101 airborne division. Richard received several medals for distinguished service and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, helping to free concentration camp survivors.
Awaiting a return home, Richard travelled Europe for a few months. Upon arriving home, he marched in the ticker tape parade in NYC & enjoyed a trip out west. Several months later he met Janet Bierly & they married 6 months later. The couple welcomed son Joel in 1948, daughters Beverly and Brenda in 1952, and Nancy in 1961.
Richard was employed at the United States Postal Service until retirement in 1985. Upon retirement, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and spending time with family. Like his own father, Dad was a mason, & inducted his son Joel. Richard was a member of the Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine, & the United Church of Christ in Lewisburg, Ohio.
Richard's parents were the late Dwight & Vivian Emrick of West Manchester. He was also preceded in death by his wife Janet in 2017, by a daughter, Beverly Ann Emrick in 1952, son Joel Dean Emrick in 2017, and sister Dixie Jean in 2018. Survived by daughters, Brenda (Jerry) Motter and Nancy (Kevin) Cook; daughter-in-law Judy Emrick; 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 niece.
Family will receive friends at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, 950 Albert Rd. Brookville, on Tuesday, October 26, 1:00-2:00 p.m., with the funeral service beginning at 2:00. Seth Schlotterbeck will officiate the service. Graveside service, with Rev. David Justis, will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg. Following the burial service, a gathering to celebrate Richard will be held at Brookhaven Conference Room, beginning at 4:00, with a light lunch provided.
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