Richard V. Small, 79, of Clarks Mills, passed away unexpectedly at 1:46 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, of natural causes at his home while watching The Pennsylvania Farm Show on television.
He was born on Jan. 1, 1939, to the late Harry E. and Jenny M. Yeager Small in the Mercer Cottage Hospital. He attended Perry Chapel Country School, Hadley School, then graduated in 1957 from Commodore Perry High School. Richard worked for Westinghouse in Sharon and Reynolds, then went to work for Channellock. He was also a Perry Township supervisor for 30 years as well as a dairy farmer with his father for many years.
He loved the Cleveland Browns and would watch every game. He would share stories of how his father and he would listen to games on the radio before they had a television. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting with anybody who was willing. He helped Boy Scout troops and coached softball and baseball in Hadley as well as for his church. He was also an avid wrestling and basketball fan.
He loved to garden and give away the fruits of his labor, most notably his tomatoes and zucchini. Richard was immensely proud of his 299 game of bowling. He was also a cat lover, always taking in strays. He loved to give his family creative personalized birthday cards.
Richard was loved by all and knew no strangers. He had the ability to make you feel welcome and made everyone have a good time. He had a contagious laugh that boasted his wonderful personality and rumor says his laugh could be heard around the county. He was very well-known for playing Santa Claus for various families, clubs and organizations in the area.
Richard was a member of the Commodore Perry Lions Club serving as past president, and current tail-twister. He was also a lifelong member of Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee.
Surviving is his beloved wife, Patricia A. Tobin Small, whom he married on Sept. 11, 1976; five children, Roni Shilling of Sandy Lake, Holly (Steve) Amy of Saegertown, Tamara (David) Campbell of Stoneboro, Richard Small of Hadley and Ira (Lory) Nagel of Greenville; 11 grandchildren, David (Starr) Amy, Mindi Gilarno, Joshua (Millie) Nagel, Matthew (Jenna) Nagel, Cheraya (Brad) Devine, Julian Schooley, Darren Amy and fiancee Jessica, Cody Campbell, Brianna Small, Jeremiah Small and Sydney Shilling; 12 great-grandchildren, Joshua Perrine, Jaxton Amy, Hannah Bish, Hailey Amy, Drew and Weston Gilarno, Brady, Jase, Leo and Ellie Nagel and Logan and Lory Ann Devine.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his five brothers, including his twin Ronald, and brothers Robert, Donald, William and Herman "Herk" Small.
Memorials may be made in Richard's name to the Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Rd., Clarks Mills, PA 16114, or the Commodore Perry Lions Club, PO Box 6, Hadley, PA 16130.
Richard V., 79, of Clarks Mills.
Calling hours: 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (1-10-18) in the Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, Hadley, followed by a Lion's Necrology Service by the Commodore Perry Lion's Club in the church.
Service: Funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday (1-11-18) in the church, with the Rev. Adam J. Stump, pastor, officiating.
Interment: Perry Chapel Cemetery
Arrangements entrusted to SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Published on January 8, 2018