NEWBURG, Pa. -- Richard S. Knoll Sr., 89, of Newburg, Pa., died on the morning of March 12, 2014, at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He and his wife moved to Newburg from Massachusets in 1987.
Born on Sept. 9, 1924, in Newton, Richard was the son of the late George and Ethel Stevens Knoll. Richard was a veteran of World War II
, serving in the Marine Corps, enlisting in 1943 and honorably discharged in 1945. Richard was a Seagoing Marine and consequently a Plank Owner of his ship, the USS New Jersey BB-62. He was a life member of both the American Legion Post 86, Newton, and the Landis McLeaf Marine Corps League, Chambersburg, Pa.
Richard worked for Agway Inc. for 17 years, retiring from the Building Department in 1986. He served as chief of the Sparta Township Fire Department in 1960, was a 63-year Master Mason of the Harmony Lodge #8 F. & A.M., Newton, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite. In his free time, Richard liked to spend time at the Shippensburg Public Library and enjoyed reading novels of the historical, military and action/intrigue genres.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Virginia L. Noel Knoll, whom he married on March 11, 1967, at the Andover Presbyterian Church, Andover; his son, Richard S. (Lourdes) Knoll Jr., of Port Orange, Fla.; his daughter, Kimberly A. (Hosea) Richards, of Oak Hill, Fla.; one grandson, Joseph R. (Kristine) Knoll, of Los Angeles, Calif.; one great-granddaughter who is soon on the way; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Rude.
His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., Shippensburg, Pa. Mr. Christian Esh will officiate. A Masonic service will take place at 1:45 p.m., and military honors, conducted by the Shippensburg Area Veterans Council, will follow the preceding services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shippensburg Public Library c/o: The Building Fund, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, PA 17257.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com