Richard George Darling, MSgt USAF (ret), age 84, of Millcreek, went home to heaven on Thursday, December 12, 2013, with his loving wife of 62 years at his side. He was born in Erie on July 12, 1929, the son of the late George Martin Darling and the late Charlotte Roestel Darling.
Richard graduated from Academy High School. During high school, he worked and learned to fly at the Kearsarge Airport. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
, and flew airlift missions in support of the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
. He retired after 20 years and then returned to Erie, where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and in the maintenance department. Richard was an avid camper and square dancer with the Perry Squares. In retirement, he worked side by side with his wife, Marianne, on a large variety of craft projects, and was known for his precision cutting of quilt strips and eventually went on to stitch quilt tops himself.
Richard is survived by his wife, the former Marianne Helena Miller, whom he married on May 16, 1951 at St. Joseph Rectory. They regularly attended Mass at Mercyhurst Chapel and renewed their marriage vows there on their 25th anniversary. He is also survived by three children: Linda (James) Mang of Millcreek, Kathleen (Kevin) Gallagher of Flagler Beach, Fla., and Frederick (Linda) Darling of Monument, Colo. Grandchildren are Megan Mang of Cleveland, Ohio, Scott Mang of Selinsgrove, Pa., Eric Mang of Millcreek, Brian Gallagher of Pittsburgh, and Kathryn (Luke Ericson) Gallagher of Ridgefield, Conn.
Friends may call on Monday, December 16, 2013 at McLane Church, 1654 West Gore Road from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and are invited to join in a memorial service immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Erie City Mission or to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Arrangements are under the care of Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. Burial will be private. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com