Richard “Rick” Davis, 62, of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, December 2, 2008, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his dear, loving wife and loving family.
Born in Kingston on July 1, 1946, Rick was a son of the late Arthur D. and Mary Rita (Chervenitski) Davis. Prior to his illness, Rick worked as a self-employed painter throughout the Wyoming Valley for over 35 years. Also, he was employed by Popple Inc., Laflin, working side-by-side with Jeff Popple, who was not only an employer to Rick, but was also his kind, loving and dear best friend.
A United States Army veteran, Rick served his country honorably during the Vietnam War with the 58th Infantry and the 197th Infantry. During his time of dedicated service, Rick was decorated with the National Defense Medal, 2 O/S Bars, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter (M-14) and Expert Sharpshooter (M-16), Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. Upon Rick’s honorable discharge on March 14, 1973, he attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class.
Rick was a quiet and gentle man who was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone without asking for anything in return. Rick loved his work and always enjoyed working with the staff at Dairy Queen, Arby’s and Long John Silver’s, which are owned by Popple, Inc.
A kind and caring person, Rick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will forever be remembered by all his generous and loving attributes and will be deeply missed by every person whose life he touched. His wife is the former Fran Kelly. Together, Rick and Fran celebrated their 21st Wedding Anniversary on June 5, 2008.
In addition to his parents, Rick was also preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur, Harry and Warren; sister, Jonelle.
In addition to his loving and dedicated wife, Fran, Rick is also survived by his children, Krista, at home; Eric, at home; Richard, Washington; Jonelle, Wyoming; Justine, Wilkes-Barre; Kimberly, Exeter; John, Kingston; Joseph, Kingston; numerous grandchildren; brothers and sisters Daniel, West Wyoming; Tom, Alden; Andrew, Forty Fort; Rita, West Wyoming; Jimmy, Massachusetts; Barry, Plymouth; Audrey, Kingston; Ned, Edwardsville; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Rick’s Family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the following organizations and people who cared for Rick with such care and compassion during his illness: Pam Devine (Rick’s and Fran’s Guardian Angel), Val Bahner, and the entire staff in the Radiology and Oncology Department at the VA Medical Center, Philadelphia; the staff at the VA Nursing Home, Philadelphia; to the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre, especially Donna; to Danielle Lock from Bayada Nurse Hospice Care; and to Heather Hartley from Maxim Healthcare.
The Davis Family wants each and every one of you to know that you all went above and beyond for not only Rick but also for all of Rick’s Family.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in Holy Name/Saint Mary’s Church, 283 Shoemaker Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Louis A. Grippe, pastor, officiating.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville, where Military Honors will be accorded. Family and friends may call on Friday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. For additional information or to send the Davis Family an online message of condolence, you may visit our Web site at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.