Richard J. Knecht, Sr., age 91, of Erie, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Saint Vincent Health Center. He was born in Erie on September 14, 1921, a son of the late Otto and Catherine (Johnston) Knecht. Richard was a 1939 graduate of Harborcreek High School. He served with the United States Army in Europe during World War II in the 780th Ordinance Company, and was a member of the 80th Division Veterans Association. Richard worked as a warehouse manager at Cohen Auto Parts for 40 years retiring in 1986. Richard was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, where he was an adult altar server, Eucharistic Minister, and past president of the SAGE Group, which honored him with their Service Award. He had completed a Cursillo, and was an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Richard was a volunteer escort at Saint Vincent Health Center, and a member of Saint Vincent Auxiliary. He was also a former member of East Erie Turners. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Helen T. (Boraten) Knecht, in 2011, two brothers, James and George Knecht, and two sisters, Marian Weakland and Rita Iessue. Survivors include three sons, Richard J. Knecht, Jr., wife Constance, of Erie, Dennis Knecht, wife JoEllen, of Hickory, NC, and Gregory W. Knecht, wife Laurie, of Erie; a daughter, Darcy Ann Young, husband John, of Erie; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge Chapel with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Memorials may to the Msgr. Nash Endowment Fund, 1626 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16508. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on May 31, 2013