Donald Byron Richwagen, 86, of Myerstown, formerly of Blue Bell, Pa., died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon.
He was the husband of Lauranne "Pip" S. (Supplee) Richwagen, to whom he was married 54 years on Dec. 27, 2012.
Born in Needham, Mass., on Dec. 19, 1926, he was the son of the late Paul B. and Helen B. (Byron) Richwagen.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps
during WW II and was a combat veteran with the 2nd Marine Division, serving in the Pacific Theater.
He was president at Antrim Bureau Inc., Glenside and Blue Bell, Pa., from 1960-2002. Previously he had been a public and private school teacher
, educator and coach.
He was a director of the Wissahickon School District, Ambler, Pa., from 1977-1995, where he served as board president and secretary. He was a member and elder of Boehms United Church of Christ, Blue Bell, Pa., and a member of the Rotary Club
of Ambler, Pa. from 1983-2003; Rotary Club of Glenside, Pa. from 1977-1983; member of the Cedarbrook Country Club, Blue Bell, Pa.; Norfolk Lodge, A.F.& A.M of Needham, Mass.; Springfield Square Club of Montgomery Co., Pa.; lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and member of the Myerstown VFW Post 6076; member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans; lifetime member of the Honorary Board of Governors, International Platform Assn.; and a coach and volunteer with the Whitpain Recreation Assn.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, D. Jo-Ellen of Eagleville, Pa.; sons Donald B. Jr., husband of Kathryn, of Moody, Ala., and Gregory P. of Eagleville, Pa.; a brother, John E. Richwagen of Madison, Ala.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Delno and Elizabeth Supplee of New Tripoli, Pa.; seven nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
A viewing will be held Monday, April 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. from Grose Funeral Home, 358 W. Washington Ave., Myerstown. The Masonic service will be Monday at 2 p.m. A viewing will also be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 and Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Chapel at the George Washington Memorial Park, 80 Stenton Ave., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Services will be held Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel at the George Washington Memorial Park, arrangements by Kirk and Nice Funeral Home. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center ICU or Hospice Unit, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042, or Children's Library at Wissahickon Valley Public Library, 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. www.grosefuneralhome.comwww.kirkandniceinc.com