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Richard T. O'Leary, age 79, of Erie, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 6, 2014. He was born November 29, 1934 in Erie, a son of the late Bernard F., Sr. and Walburga M. Ernst O'Leary.
Dick attended East High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force
for 20 years, as a jet mechanic, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
. Over the course of his service, he was also stationed in Texas, Philippines and Japan. He retired from his military career in 1972. After his retirement, Dick attended Erie Business School, where he studied computer programming. Locally, he was employed by the former Alloway Drug Store, for several years, and also at Country Fair, as a clerk.
He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the science fiction genre. Dick also enjoyed travel to Las Vegas and New Orleans, and loved participating in family gatherings.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard F. O'Leary, Jr. and one sister, Patricia A. Lijewski.
Survivors include his two brothers: James E. O'Leary, with whom he resided, and Paul A. O'Leary (Lynnea) of Conneaut, Ohio; his three sisters: Karen E. Brinklow of East Springfield, Pa., Ann O'Lone (Richard) of Clearwater, Fla. and Eilleen Whitfield of Los Angeles, Calif.; dear friends: Mary Sereno and Martha Schaaf and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., West, 536 W. 10th St., on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service there at 8:00 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Shawn Clerkin and the Rev. Donald Baxter. A private interment will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16501. To send condolences, please visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Dusckas Funeral Home - West Side
536 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16502
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 7, 2014