Northumberland - Richard D. Rothermel, 87 passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Nottingham Village where he had been a resident.
He was born September 25, 1933 in Pillow, a son of the late Elmer Lee Sr. and Elva Mae (Wirt) Rothermel. In June of 1953 he married the former Grace Irene McCloud who preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1993.
Richard was a 1951 graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School where he participated in both baseball and football. He joined the Army on June 10, 1953, serving in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on April, 26, 1955 with the rank of corporal. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves until June 20, 1961.
Mr. Rothermel was employed with the Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central Railroad and eventually retired after 41 years of service as a welder/foreman with Conrail.
He was a member of the Mifflinburg Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Richard was also a member of the Herndon Fire Co. and American Legion Post #92, Trevorton.
He had a great love for his cats and cars. While in the Army Richard was an auto mechanic, which served him through life with the ability to fix just about anything. He also enjoyed hunting, collecting guns, playing cards and attending the races in Selinsgrove. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penn State Football. His day was never complete until he had his nightly bowl of ice cream.
He is survived by his five children; Karen Ransom of Oracle, AZ, Jeffrey Rothermel and wife, Cindy of Sunbury, Jackie Yeager and husband, Ed of Sunbury, Teresa Reitmeyer and partner, Neal Hoover of Danville, Richelle Finerghty and husband, Mike of Mifflinburg; grandchildren Jenna Elam and husband, Ryan, Lori Vaders and husband, Mike, Scott Rothermel and wife, Cynthia, Jeffrey Rothermel and wife, Jessica, Rachel Reitmeyer, Donny Reitmeyer, Olivia Finerghty, Camille Finerghty; great-grandchildren Rebecca Vaders, Mike Vaders Jr., Archer, Clara and Redd Rothermel, Emma and Adalie Rothermel; sister Doris Carl and son, Bobby, brother Elmer Rothermel Jr. and wife, Ruth, sister Judy Badman and husband, Ken and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Lenice Yorks.
A private family service will be held at the Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut Street, Sunbury. A public graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, April 9, at 1:30 pm in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington. Those in attendance are asked to follow the CDC guidelines for masks and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Richard's memory may be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA, 1467 Bloom Rd, Danville, PA 17821.
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