Richard Carl Whitcomb, Sr., age 78, of Olcott, formerly of Niagara Falls, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 2, 2013 while at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness at the age of 78. Born in Forth Edwards, NY on January 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles and Louise (Glasnip) Whitcomb and came to the Niagara Falls area at six months of age.
Richard was employed as a truck driver for 37 years at Inter-City Truck Lines, Tonawanda, retiring in 1992. A former member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, he was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Newfane. Hobbies and interests included golfing, bowling, playing pool, played baseball and enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Delores (Wendt) Whitcomb. They were united in marriage on October 7, 1954; three children, Richard (Cynthia) Whitcomb, Jr. of Sacramento, CA, Russell Whitcomb of Olcott and Debi (Russell) Loverde of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Elena (Christopher) Woods, Crystal Whitcomb, Jamie Whitcomb-Hassan and Richard (Dorothee) Whitcomb III; three great-grandchildren, Walker, Aurora and Wesley; one brother and five sisters, Dorothy (Decd. Henry) Schiro, Charlene (Duane) Clive, Norman (Decd. Carol) Whitcomb, Barbara (Decd. Terry) McFarland, Nancy (Herbie) Schineback and Linda Whitcomb; and two brothers-in-law, William (Al) Evans and Duane Wendt. Predeceased by two brothers, Donny and Bobby Whitcomb; and two sisters, Marsha Whitcomb and Shirley Evans.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, November 8th at 10:30 AM in the DUBOIS FUNERAL HOME (731-3234), 2436 Niagara Road, (Bergholz) in Wheatfield, with the Rev. Michael A. Keicher, officiating. There will be no prior visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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