Richard Post, 64, of Carbondale Twp., died Thursday at home after an illness. His wife is the former Mildred Thomas.
Born in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, N.Y., son of the late Chester and Lillian Harvey Post, he attended Suffolk Community College, Long Island. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
, where he served in the United States Army
from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1970, attaining the rank of sergeant. In Vietnam, he headed a munitions detail and volunteered as a "tunnel rat," uncovering the extensive and complex tunnels occupied by the Viet Cong. The tunnels were very dangerous with numerous booby traps and enemies lying in wait. Rich and his detail dismantled these explosives. He received near fatal injuries and spent nearly one year in hospitals recovering. He was retired from the United States Postal Service, after 35 years of service. He was a letter carrier on Long Island before coming to Carbondale. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Disabled American Veterans.
Rich's bravery was only surpassed by his kind and generous heart. Rich was the "go to" person in the family, and would have done anything for anyone. He touched many lives, and will be greatly missed.
Rich was a true soldier who never gave up and never complained during his 18-month battle with cancer.
His family wishes to thank Thomas Addeo, Rich's nephew, for his generous assistance and many others who helped in numerous ways during Rich's illness. Rich grew especially close to his daughter, Jenna, who helped to care for her father during the last year and a half.
Also surviving are three daughters, Jenna, at home; Jennifer Grazda and husband, David, Charlotte, N.C.; and Alison Post Archer, Charlotte; a son, William Ripperger, Greencastle, Ind.; four grandchildren, Courtney, Trevor and Amber Grazda and Eric Archer; three sisters, Carol Soccick and husband, Dennis, Medford, N.Y.; Noreen Zelezny and husband, Danny, Oppenheim, N.Y.; and Marie Addeo and husband, Al, Stockton, Calif.; four brothers, Jim Post, Carbondale; Chet Post and wife, Dawn, Atlanta; Dennis Post, Texas; and Bob Post, Virginia; many nieces and nephews; and his lovable dog companion, Riley.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Judy
The funeral will be Tuesday at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, with services at 10 a.m. by the Rev. John B. McCarty, pastor of Berean Baptist Church, Carbondale. Interment with military honors, Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.
Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfu