Richard Henneberger Gingrich, Chambersburg, Pa., formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Menno Haven Village. His wife, Shirley, was by his side.
Born Feb. 20, 1921, near Mercersburg, Pa., Dick was the son of the late Howard D. Gingrich Sr. and Pearl Henneberger Gingrich. He was preceded in death by one brother, Howard D. Gingrich Jr. of Greencastle. He was a member of the graduating class of 1938 of the Greencastle High School and the class of 1942 of Franklin and Marshall College. He received an MA in education administration from Teachers
College, Columbia University and did additional graduate work at Temple University.
Mr. Gingrich served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
as a naval aviator. He served two tours of duty in the Pacific Theater with VPB-216 and VPB-27. He later served in the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of Lt. Commander.
Richard taught English and history in the Greencastle High School. He was high school principal in the James Buchanan High School and the Annville-Cleona High School. He was Superintendent of Schools at Annville-Cleona School District and retired from that position with the Greencastle-Antrim School District in 1980.
Mr. Gingrich was a member of Grace Church, United Church of Christ, Greencastle. He served as deacon, elder, and church school superintendent and completed more than 50 years as a church school teacher. He also worked as a lay leader and delegate in the Mercersburg Association and Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ. Mr. Gingrich did volunteer work at Penn Hall Retirement Community, where he was also a member of the Bridge Group, the Scrabble Group, and the ROMEOS. He was a member of the Mount Pisgah F&AM, Greencastle, the AASR, Harrisburg, and the Pen Mar Chapter of the Sojourners Inc., in which he served as President and Secretary. He was one of the founders of the Mariner-Marlin Association and served as newsletter editor and chairman of the board. He was an active member of the Institute of Retired Persons at Wilson College. He was also a member of PASR and AARP.
Mr. Gingrich and his wife, the late Isabell Rahauser Gingrich, were married Dec. 31, 1943, in Hagerstown, Md. Surviving family are Shirley Byers Gingrich, whom he married on May 2, 2008; a brother. Warren A. Gingrich, wife Joyce: two sisters, Mary Louise Gingrich of Greencastle, and Suzanne Gingrich Rice, husband Richard of Fort Loudon: two daughters, Carol, wife of Adrian L. Meyer, Hatboro, Pa., and Cathy, wife of Darrel Oakes, Lynchburg, Va., and a son, Scott, Greencastle, Pa., nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Menno Haven Chapel, 1425 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., on Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. Friends may call from noon to the start of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Lutheran Services, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.; or the Menno Haven Benevolent Fund at 1425 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.