Richard (Rich) J. Dieckhaus

Richard (Rich) J. Dieckhaus, 68 of Denver PA, formerly of Wayne and Darby, PA, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

After graduating from Archbishop Carroll High School, he became a master carpenter by trade prior to retiring in 2017.  He was quick to share his carpentry skills and time with anyone needing help with a project.

He enjoyed many things such as bowling and softball, but loved camping, hiking and fishing with his family, friends and scouts.  His fishing stories will be fondly remembered for years to come. 

Rich was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata, PA, and a 4th degree member of Santa Maria Assembly, Knights of Columbus Council #4191.

An active Boy Scout Leader for over 30 years, he was currently Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 4318, where he loved to mentor and support the boys and share his love of the outdoors. 

Rich is the loving and devoted husband of his high school sweetheart, Christine (nee Swoyer).  He is preceded in death by parents, Bernard & Evelyn Dieckhaus, son Richard F. Dieckhaus, brother Keith R. Dieckhaus and baby sister Annetta Dieckhaus.  He is the devoted father of Jeanette Trincheria (Jake), and Linda Smith (Derrick), brother of Gregory Dieckhaus, Loretta Dombalagian (the late Gerald), Timothy Dieckhaus (Kimberly), Nicholas Macciocca, and Joan Luter (Stephen).  He was also stepbrother to the16 Melissen children.  He was known as Pop Pop to his 8 grandchildren (3 of whom he adopted after his son passed away) and also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Mass will be celebrated at OMPH for family, but, due to the pandemic, a memorial celebration of life will be postponed until a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rich’s memory to Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Rd., Ephrata, PA, 17522 or Caring Hospice of Lancaster, 101 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA, 17603.

Condolence Messages

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss! He was a great person and I’m so happy I had the pleasure of knowing him basically my whole life! Know he is with you always:)
    Sending lots of love!!

  2. This was such a tribute to a great man and equally a great woman who stood by him and loved him……my heroes
    ….

  3. Bonnie Showalter

    Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to everyone during this difficult time. May God give you all strength and peace!

  4. Deepest sympathies on the loss of a truly loved man. Richie was a longtime friend, a very talented craftsman and a generous soul. He will be missed by many. Prayers and warm thoughts to all his family. Rest In Peace Richie.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your Father passing away Linda. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  6. CHRISTINA MAYES

    We are heartbroken to learn of Richard’s passing. He was a great influence to my daughter Ally who cherishes the memories, and a selfless leader who welcomed all with open arms. Our hearts go out to the entire family

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