Richard C. Stoeckel, 94, formerly of Glenburn, Pa., died Saturday morning at the Hilltop Campus of the United Methodist Homes in Johnson City, N.Y. He was the husband of Elizabeth H. Drummond Stoeckel, his "Bride." The couple has been married for 71 years.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Walter C. and Bessie Jacobs Stoeckel. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Stoeckel; and his sister, Olive "Sis" Morgan; and his beloved niece, Deborah Morgan.Dick was a proud veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions in the early morning hours of the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach. He returned from the war and worked in his family's business, Walter C. Stoeckel and Sons Jewelry. Throughout his life he also worked as a salesman for several businesses, where his tireless efforts, innovative nature and his wonderful sense of humor and limitless repertoire of jokes provided great business success and personal reward. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Scranton Corrugated Box.
Dick was a past master of Waverly Masonic Lodge #301 F&AM. He served his community through the Abington Rotary Club, where he was a leader in the daffodil fundraising campaign for cancer research earning him the title of "Daffy Dick." He was a past Commodore of the Scranton Canoe Club, where he and Betty enjoyed years of fun with their many friends. He also served as Glenburn Township supervisor, the community where he, his brother Bill and sister, "Sis" grew up. He was a faithful member of Clarks Summit United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are two daughters, Janet H. Ciuccio and her husband, Victor, Bethesda Md.; Karen E. Bearsch and her husband, Lee, Endwell, N.Y.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jessie and Gene Oliver, McLean, Va.; Jeanette Stoeckel, Fleetville, Pa.; four grandchildren, April E. Dunn and her husband, Michael, Arlington, Va.; Emily Pavlick and her husband, Tim, Poolesville, Md.; Jake Ciuccio and his wife, Alin, Bethesda, Md.; William Wright and his wife, Tanya, Ann Arbor, Mich.; eight great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Eamon Dunn, Sam and Julia Pavlick, Anthony and Mia Ciuccio, and Lily and Ella Wright; and nieces and nephews, Lauren LeReche and husband, John; Lynne Bridges and husband, Mike; Barbara Davies and husband, Bob; Kurt Stoeckel; and Bill Stoeckel and wife, Debbie.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, with services by Reverend Judy Adams, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. A Masonic service will be conducted by the members of Waverly Lodge F & AM, No. 301 at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be Monday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in Abington Hills Cemetery, Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit.
Friends may call Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all are welcome to stay for the funeral service to be held following the calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, P.O. Box 392, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.