Dr. Richard W. Cribbs, DDS, 79, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at his home. He was born January 7, 1935 in Jeannette, the son of the late George Meredith Cribbs and Ruth (Williams) Cribbs.
Dr. Cribbs was a 1952 graduate of Jeannette High School and then attended Penn State University for two years. He enlisted in the US Army and served in the Signal Corp at Fort Monmouth from 1954 to 1956. After his discharge from the service he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School in 1961.
Dr. Cribbs practiced dentistry for 47 years from his office in Delmont until his retirement in 2008. He was a member of the American Dental Assoc., the Academy of General Dentistry, and served as a clinical instructor at the Westmoreland County Community College in their Dental Hygiene School.
He was a former long time member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Delmont where he had served in many capacities, and a current member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Greensburg. He was also a proud 58 year member of the Free and Accepted Masons Jeanette Lodge # 750, a 32nd degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, and a Noble of the Syria Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S.
Dick was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Greensburg Country Club. He loved to travel with his family, especially to one of his favorite places, Hilton Head Island.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eleanor (Tressitt) Cribbs, three loving children: Jeffrey George Cribbs and his wife Leanne, Karen Anne Cribbs, and Kimberley Anne Elias and her husband Bobby, five grandchildren: Erica Lynn, Sarah Elizabeth, Andrew Richard, Courtney Williams, and Christopher Allen, his best buddy, Bella, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 PM Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM Tuesday in the John V. Graziano Funeral Home, Inc. 228 N. 2nd Street in Jeannette. Masonic services by members of the F&AM Jeannette Lodge 750 will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Wednesday in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 South Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg with his pastor, the Rev. Brian B. Chaffee officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Entombment with full military honors will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner?s Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org. or to the Amyloidosis Center at Boston University at www.bu.edu/amyloid/. Online condolences and guestbook can be found at www.johnvgrazianofuneralhomeinc.com.