Richard F. Pell, Sr., 84, husband of Catherine L. “Kitty” (Elliott) Pell, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.
Born in Mahanoy City on Aug. 21, 1925, he was the son of the late William F. and Ida Bertha (Coombe) Pell.
Richard was a 1943 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. It was the time of the Second World War and he was drafted into the Army on his 18th birthday. After basic training he was sent overseas with the 84th Division Reconnaissance directly to serve on the Seigfreid Line in Germany and subsequently into the Battle of the Bulge during which time he was a gunner in the turret of an armored tank. He was also trained as a radioman and served as an interpreter on the Germany/Russian border at the end of the war. He received a number of medals for his service during WWII. He returned to Pottstown to employment at Stanley G. Flagg Co. where he was offered the opportunity to train as a wood patternmaker. He retired in 1987 after 45 years. Acquiring his own shop as the years passed, he became a skilled wood worker on the side making cabinets for community contractors. Not only was woodworking his job, it was also his passion. He was particularly proud of the 7 foot tall Paschal Candlestick with hand carvings, which he designed and made for Grace Lutheran Church along with pew candlesticks and other wood items as needed there. He also sang with the Reading Leiderkranz and the choir of Grace Lutheran Church in his earlier years.
Along with his wife of 61 years, he is survived by sons Richard F. Jr. & wife Audrey of Columbia, MD and Christopher E. & wife Karin of Boyertown and daughter Deborah K. wife of James Brile of Upper Pottsgrove; grandchildren Kristi Ann wife of Albert Daroci of Pottstown, Rob Moyer & wife Joanna of Limerick, Roxanne, wife of Lonnie Nikirk of Illinois, Brian Pell of Columbia, MD, R. Scott Pell of Ellicott City, MD, Jennifer, wife of Brian Cope of Wyomissing; great grandchildren Gabryella Colon, Aaric & Daeton Daroci, Nicholas & Matthew Moyer and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother William Pell & his wife Rita and sister Ida St. Clair Urban.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 11:00AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown with Rev. Paul Xander officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30AM to 11:00AM at the church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.