Richard H. “Dickie” Hoffman, Sr. 78, of 451 Walnut St., Lehighton, passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 22 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Born in Stroudsburg, PA, he was a son of the late Maurice and Mary (Galbavy) Hoffman.
He grew up in the family wrecker and auto parts business, operating wrecker at Hoffman Brothers Salvage Yards, Parryville.
He served his country for six years with the Army National Guard, attaining the rank of SP4 by 1971 with HQ Det 165th Military Police Bn.
Besides working for the family business, he was also a police officer for Lehighton Borough Police Department. Later, he worked for Mack Trucks from which he retired in 1994. After that, he volunteered countless man hours assisting with different emergency service agencies. He ended his career helping his son for the last 16 years with his business, All-Points Towing.
Often found with jokes in his pockets, wearing a Trump hat, and drinking a coffee, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He looked forward to reading the Times News, checking lotto numbers, doing word searches, watching Nascar and gameshows on TV, and frequenting Cherry’s Restaurant.
He was a life member of the Lehighton American Legion Shoemaker/Haydt Post 314 and the Vietnam Last Man’s Club. He held membership at the Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. and was a life member of the Lehigh Fire Co. #1, Lehighton. He was a longtime member of the Monroe County fire police association and performed security for the West End Fair Association.
Many conversations were ended with “Watch the ice!” even on the warmest summer day. We will miss his warm smile, quick wit, laughter, and love. Rest easy.
Survivors: Sons, Jared and his wife Sherry, of Lehighton; “Kip” Richard H., Jr. and his wife Judi, of Kunkletown, Daughter, Tonya and her husband Christopher Cortright, of Bath; Sister, Sandra Fritz, of Lehighton; 7 grandchildren; cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jacob “Jack” Hoffman.
Service: Funeral Services 10 a.m. Monday March 27th at The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home 190 S. 4th St., Lehighton with the Rev. Michael Frost officiating. Call Sunday March 26th from 6-8 p.m. and 9-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Military Interment with Mr. Donald Hoffman and the Lehighton Area UVO officiating in Temple Israel Cemetery, East Weissport, Pa. following the service at the funeral home.
Contributions: Emergency services were very dear to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to local fire companies, police departments, and/or ambulance associations in your local area. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com
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