Richard J. Erdely, 82, of Summit, died Thursday morning February 28, 2013 at St. Mary's Home East following an extended illness. A resident of the Erie area all of his life he was born in Erie on May 4, 1930 a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Erdely. Richard served in the United States Army and the United States Navy during World War II and went on to work for the Hammermill Paper Co. for 38 years. He enjoyed country music and was a member of a Country Western band in which he played accordion and harmonica in his younger years. He also enjoyed yodeling and working on different cars. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Young Erdely; and one brother, Joseph Erdely. Survivors include one son, Dana Erdely and his wife Sherry of Edinboro; two daughters, Kimberly Lackovic and her husband Timothy of Greene Township and Karen Erdely of W.Va.; six grandchildren, Heather Mezzacapo, Adam Lackovic and his wife Rachel, Nicole Miller and her husband Blake, Christina Erdely, Jesse Erdely, and Joshua Lackovic; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. and are invited to services there on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kimberly Thompson and the staff at St. Mary's Home East for their loving care given to Richard. Memorial contributions can be made to the VA Medical Center, 135 East 38th St., Erie, 16504. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 2, 2013