Richard "Dick"'s Story
Richard C. "Dick" Streckeisen, 73, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his son's residence in Castlewood.
He was born in New Castle on July 12, 1943, to the late Donald C. and Mary E. Bair Streckeisen.
Dick graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961.
He was employed for more than 35 years as a machine operator at the Ellwood City Forge until retiring in 2003.
He was a veteran of the Army in the 82nd Airborne Battalion, serving during the Vietnam War era at Fort Bragg.
"Uncle Dick" was a proud member of the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department with 35 years service.
For many years, he operated the aerial truck. At the annual fire department dinner in February 2017, he was honored by his fellow firemen as "Fireman of the Year."
Dick believed in service to his community first and foremost. He served on the Carpenter's Project, Samaritan's Purse at Hurricane Katrina, member of "Over the Hill Gang" that built wheelchair ramps for the community, driver for Meals on Wheels and was a member of "Over the Hill Gang" at Air Fitness.
He was an active member of Park Alliance Church.
Dick enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline "Jackie" A. Carroll Streckeisen, whom he married on April 2, 1966, and by two sons and a daughter and their spouses, Donald Streckeisen of Ellwood City, Jason (Angela) Streckeisen of New Castle and Tara (Ron) Spiker of Fombell; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Emir) Palafox, Sarah (Zach) Arkwright, Rick (Dayna) Spiker, Julie (Ryan) Moran, Daniel Spiker, Jarred (Hayley) Streckeisen, Johnathan Spiker and Jorden Streckeisen; two great-granddaughters, Kailynn Rae Spiker and Ellie Mae Arkwright; and a sister, Mary Ann Streckeisen.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Streckeisen.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Turner Funeral Home, 500 Sixth St., Ellwood City.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John McCready, pastor of Park Alliance Church, and the Rev. Jeff Mackay of Harmony Baptist Church, co-officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of western Pennsylvania, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15209; or the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department, Sixth Street, Ellwood City, Pa. 16117. Full military rites will be observed at the funeral home by the Veterans Honor Guard.
You may read the obituary, sign the guestbook or offer condolences by visiting www.turnerfh.com.
Published on April 2, 2017