Richard A. John "Dick," age 81, of North East, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at UPMC Hamot, after a short illness.
He was born on January 12, 1933, in Buffalo, New York, to the late Victor Paul and Josephine Mae Stephan John.
Dick graduated in 1955 from Michigan State University
, earning a B.S. degree in Engineering. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, Tau Beta Phi engineering honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary Society. Dick was a member of ROTC, and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, upon graduation.
After college, Dick and his wife, the late Carla Mae Bintz John, moved to Wright Patterson AFB, where he served as a First Lieutenant.
Dick was later employed at Ingersoll-Rand in St. Louis, but spent most of his career with LORD Corp., in Erie. Dick served in numerous engineering, marketing, and sales management roles. He received several patents and recognitions for his inventions. While at LORD, he found time to teach at Gannon University.
Dick loved engineering and technology, and often boasted about the time he met his idol, Albert Einstein.
He was a member of the Wayside Presbyterian Church in Millcreek and the First Presbyterian Church in North East, where he served as elder, and in other church leadership roles.
He loved working with his hands, building things, and was never without a project under way. He was most proud of the retirement home he renovated in North East, where he and Carla spent there retirement years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carla Mae Bintz John on September 10, 2012.
Dick is survived by his daughters Cathy John Volanakis (Peter) of Hanover, N.H., Caren John Konys (Rich) of Fayetteville, N.Y.; grandchildren, Annie Volanakis Naftel (Eric), Peter Charles Volanakis (Amber Scharton), Jana, Jack, Hallie, Casey, and Sawyer Konys; brother, David P. John (Jan) of Louden, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Sharon K. Davis; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved very much.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East, on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Published in the Erie Times-News from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014