Richard C Bingaman Sr. gave his final salute and entered into eternal life peacefully and joined his beloved family members on August 3, 2019.
Born in Northumberland PA on April 4, 1931, he was the son of the late Dallas and Marie (Arbogast) Bingaman. He was married to Inez M (Pyers) Bingaman for more than 61 years until her passing December 4, 2013.
Although born in Northumberland he moved as a young boy to Snyder County living and growing up in Hummels Wharf and then on Front St on the Isle of Que in Selinsgrove PA.
His quiet friendly demeanor earned him many friends in the area and was known to many as “Mr. Bing”. While attending Selinsgrove High School Mr. Bing was forced to abandon the luxury of his youth by unforeseen circumstances of no fault of his own, and joined the United States Army while still a young teenager.
A Korean War Veteran, Mr. Bing’s platoon was split up during the peace talks and he was deployed to Germany where he saw up close and personal the concentration camps used in the holocaust prior and during World War II.
After Germany, Mr. Bing was deployed to France and back to the states. He earned an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal. Throughout his life like many other servicemen would say “I wish that I would have made a career out of the military”. Mr. Bing was proud to serve his Country and displayed all his distinguished medals, honors, and awards proudly on his bedroom wall.
After returning home, Mr. Bing took advantage of the GI Bill (Veterans Education and Training Program). He attended upholstery and wood making furniture school. For years Mr. Bing made cabinets, dressers, entertainment centers for family, friends and special people. He would upholster chairs and bar stools for many clubs, fire companies, and organizations throughout the area.
Then in 1960, Mr. Bing accepted a job with Weis Markets and became a thirty-three year dedicated employee in the shipping and receiving department retiring in 1993.
Mr. Bing was a 52-year member of The American Legion Post 201 Sunbury and a life member of The Good Will Hose Co. For years Mr. Bing would cooked the chicken at the chicken bar-b-q for the fire company making (2000) two-thousand halves all day Friday and all day Saturday never leaving until everything was cleaned up and put away. The bar-b-q would be the best fund raiser for the fire company at that time. Many people from some of the clubs and fire companies would ask him to run for office and he would tell them, “I’m not getting involved in club politics”.
Mr. Bing never missed a family function and had the best times at “The Lot” along Penns Creek that the family still owns today (59 Years).
Back in the 70’s Mr. Bing loved to play slow-pitch softball. In 1975 he was featured in the sports page of the Daily Item for being the oldest player at the age of 44 and his knuckle ball pitch.
Mr. Bing lived with his in-laws along Reagan St in Sunbury until he purchased the home next door in 1963, having a total of 68 years in the 6th ward.
After his retirement, Mr. Bing would do plumbing, electrical and painting jobs. He painted the 911 Northumberland County Communications Center and offices before it opened on Champ Ave in 1995.
Mr. Bing stayed very busy his entire life. Every Wednesday his brother-in-law, son and some friends would go out for breakfast and then to the Lewisburg Farmers Market. He loved auctions, flea markets, and yard sales looking for tools, books, or anything else that might interest him. Mr. Bing enjoyed watching sports, Phillies baseball, Penn State and Washington Redskins football. He never missed a Shikellamy Braves basketball game when his grandson played.
This obituary could go on forever about this incredible human being. Mr. Bing has a sign at his work shop in the basement that describes him the best, “I GAVE IT ALL – AND ASK FOR NOTHING”.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Richard C Bingaman Jr and wife Robin of Upper Augusta Township, one granddaughter, Kerri Doll and husband Brian, great granddaughter Kiera of Mechanicsburg PA, one grandson, Ryan Bingaman and wife Marcia and great grandson Ian from Silver Spring MD. Mr. Bing has numerous good-hearted family members, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins on both sides of the family.
Mr. Bing was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Stahl, Helen Bird and one brother, Robert E Bingaman. Mr. Bingwas the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Friends and family will be received on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 10:55 AM at Zweier Funeral Home 157 Chestnut St Sunbury PA, followed by the funeral at 11:00 AM with Pastor Leslie Halchak of Otterbein United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in Pomfret Manor Cemetery with full Military Honors under the direction of American Legion 201.
In lieu of flowers and for those who desire to send a memorial gift or contributions in his name the family suggests send it to the Otterbein United Methodist Church 4th and Vine St Sunbury PA 17801