Richard Dale Latimer, 81 of Towanda, PA passed away at his home on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 after an extended illness following surgery. He was born at home in Wyalusing on July 21, 1933, the son of the late Joseph W. Latimer and Irma (Merrick) Latimer of Wyalusing.
Richard graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1951. While in junior high school, he worked part-time at the Fairlawn store. Also during his senior year he assisted the manager of the local hardware store in opening a successful fishing equipment department. After graduation, he started fulltime work at The Daily Review in advertising, dealing with both local and national clients.
While at the Review he met and married his lifelong soulmate, Janice L. Champluvier of Lime Hill on July 6, 1957 in the Catholic church of St. John Evangelist in Binghamton, NY with friends Leonard and Rosemary Wood of Towanda as witnesses. They spent vacations at Cape Cod, MA with former Wyalusing friends Elwood and Mary Eslick. Then they began raising a daughter and three sons.
Beginning in 1958 to 1968 he was employed by the W. T. Grant Co. in Towanda and Sayre. This was his favorite workplace. While there, he was approached by E.I. DuPont’s hiring manager to come to work for them. He worked there for 21 years operating their X-ray equipment, working the darkroom, developing and also doing extensive testing of X-ray screens from all over the world. He was proud to have contributed a small part of DuPont’s new mammography screen used in hospitals. He retired at age 56 and subsequently took part-time work at the Towanda and Sayre State Liquor Control stores and retired again after seven and a half years.
Dick volunteered as a driver and assistant for the Towanda Ambulance Assn. At other times he drove donated blood to Wilkes-Barre for processing.
His lifelong hobbies were fishing, horseshoes and best of all, both fast and slow pitch softball where he started in high school and played into his late 50’s. First playing for a Wyalusing team and in Towanda for Penelec and Perry Chevrolet among others, his teams won several trophies. He always played shortstop and enjoyed it most when playing alongside his brother, Neil at second base in Wyalusing. Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and football’s
Green Bay Packers were his favorites along with NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart.
It was always an aim of his to make people laugh and joked he only succeeded once.
Remaining family members are his wife, Janice; son, Christopher of Lime Hill, children, Valerie and Casey; daughter, Melissa and son-in-law Gordon Brassfield of Towanda with children, Tavis, Brett and Bryant King, Culleen and Novelle Brassfield; stepchildren, Lisa Marie and Gary Brassfield; son, Steven and daughter-in-law Kelly of New Bern, NC; stepchildren Tonianne Butterfield, Jay Solsman (Michelle) and Marcy (Marcel) Arnold; son Michael and daughter-in-law Kelly of Avis, children Evan and Caleb. A brother, Neil and wife Patricia of Macedonia; niece Kim (Raul) Azpiazu of Wyalusing; niece Mitzi (Larry) Means of Hummelstown; brother-inlaw Richard and wife Kay Champluvier; nieces Kelly McNamara (Paul) Orefield, Amy Champluvier, Lime Hill, Holly Champluvier and friend Aaron Lineberry of Towanda and nephew Bryan Champluvier, Lime Hill. Also included are 10 great-grandchildren and numerous great nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 8 at noon at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Richard Dale Latimer’s memory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.