Richard (Butch) Simonson Sr., 72, of West Pittston passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born in Pittston, son of the late Steve Simonson and Bertha Bartnick. He attended Exeter High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Pittston.
He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Richard was employed as a machinist by Atlas Chain and then became a police officer in West Pittston Borough for more than 35 years, working his way through the ranks of patrolman, sergeant and then the chief of police until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, Richard worked as the chief of security at the Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre.
Richard was a member and past governor of the Moose lodge in West Pittston for two terms, a past master of the Masons Masonic Valley Lodge 499, also the Irem Temple Provost Guard Unit, and the commander of American Legion Post 542, West Pittston, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo, and also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and was still serving on the board of directors.
Richard was preceded in death by his grandson, Mark Dushok, in 2007.
Richard is survived by his wife, the former Alberta Green; son, Richard Simonson Jr., West Pittston; daughter, Debra Dushok and her husband, Richard, West Pittston; grandchildren, Kevin and Marissa Dushok; aunts and uncle; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. A service will start at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. James Thryren will officiate. Interment will be held in Mountain View Burial Park, Harding. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Masonic Lodge will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, West Pittston.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012