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Richard P. Walters, aged 75, of Bloomsburg went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Nazareth Memory Center in Danville, surrounded by his family.
Born in Lewisburg on February 4, 1946, he was a son of the late Fred and Rita (O’Neill) Walters. He grew up in Mifflinburg, graduating from Mifflinburg High School in 1964. As the first member of his family to continue his education, he was a 1968 graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Following graduation from college he was drafted into the U. S. Army where he proudly served his country as a member of the 92nd Engineer Battalion in Vietnam until a life altering injury sent him home on a forever changed trajectory.
Back from the war, he worked as an internal auditor at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He then became director at Lehigh Valley Health Center and finally to Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, retiring in 2011.
He was a man of integrity who supported various veteran’s groups generously and was known for his witty fun-loving shenanigans, hard work ethic and his love for family, career, friends, tinkering with cars and rock music.
Surviving is his wife, the former Patricia A. Irey; two daughters, Nicole, wife of Scott Boltz, Prospect Park and Angela, wife of Joshua Jankowsky, Cary, North Carolina; and two granddaughters, Aliza Jankowsky and Izabel Jankowsky.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg. The family will greet friends from 12-1 p. m.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Dr., Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to a Veterans Association of the donor’s choice.
I have just been informed of Rich's passing and am so sorry for your loss. Rich was a dear friend, a fraternity brother, and a 1968 Moravian College classmate. Unfortunately we lost touch over the years, but I have often thought of my frat brothers. So sorry for your loss.
Ken Kobler Apr 5 2022 5:55 PM
Rich was one of the most unassuming and genuine people, I've come across in my life. It was a pleasure to spend time with him (and the family). Although, his decline over the years was hard to witness, the memory of the good times; joking around, slurping a good beer, and his overall friendship and encouragement all the time, can never be overshadowed. He will be missed, but his legacy will carry on. To "Patricia", Nicole, and Angie, we feel your loss too. Liza and Izzy hold to heart that your grandad was a pretty cool guy. Blessings to everyone!
Dr. Christopher Johnson
CAJohnson Nov 26 2021 6:20 PM
Pat, I was so sorry to read of Rich's passing. He was one of the first residents that I met when my Mom moved to Nazareth in 2019. He always had a smile and was so pleasant. I enjoyed the "Puzzle Pal" times together when we got to know the other residents and their families. Take care. Barb Snyder
BARBARA SNYDER Nov 23 2021 9:12 AM
Pat & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I had the privilege to get to know Rich more than a year and a half ago. He was always full of life. He loved to joke around and was the best dancer at Nazareth. I always enjoyed his company. He had the best smile ever! My favorite memory of Rich is his 75th birthday in Feb. 4th 2021. He helped me make a snowman and you and your daughter came to the courtyard and we had a snowball battle. It was the best! He will be missed very much at Nazareth.
Denise Toczylousky Nov 22 2021 4:36 PM
Dear Pat, Nicole and Angela,
So sorry to hear about your loss of Rich/Dad. I will always hold many special memories in my heart of our visits to North Carolina. With much sympathy and love.
Gerry Seltzer Nov 20 2021 6:25 PM
Pat, so sorry for your loss, memories of the heart are always there to bring smiles of loving fun times…
Pat (Neyhard) Zeisloft Nov 20 2021 9:54 AM
Dear Pat and Family...So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God's Love and all your precious memories bring peace to your hearts, as you go through this very sad time. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
In sympathy and friendship, Karleen (Fetterman) Smith
PS Pat, we were twirlers together in BHS band. I was class of '68.
Such fond memories of over 50 years ago!
Karleen Smith Nov 20 2021 4:42 AM
So sorry for your loss Ange, Nikki, and Mrs. Walters! I have many fond memories of Mr. Walters and driving Ange and I to soccer in his pristine white mustang. We had many fun adventures together. He was always so jolly and good to all of us! May he Rest In Peace! Love & peace
Kristin Yudt Nov 19 2021 2:24 PM
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