Richard J. Grace, 77, Pottsville, died Thursday June 6 at Providence Place Retirement Center, Pottsville.
Born November 4, 1941, in Pottsville, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Gladys (Frankenstein) Grace.
He was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School. After graduation he attended Williamsport Technical Institute. After graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era.
Prior to retiring from Allied Signal Corp. (Honeywell), he was employed as a maintenance mechanic. He was a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace RC Church, Pottsville; past member of the Pottsville Club; and Frackville Elks.
Richard was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and trap shoot. He qualified for the PA State finals. When he wasn’t hunting he would set off on a journey and travel the country. He especially loved New England. He enjoyed life and found great joy in spending time with his granddaughters.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Grace.
Richard is survived by his longtime companion Helen Walasavage, Pottsville; daughter Tracy Ann Sander wife of Todd; granddaughters Lauren and Nicole all of Tabernacle NJ; and brother Leo Grace, Pottsville.
Funeral Services will be held 11AM Wednesday at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9AM until the time of service. Interment will be held on the grounds of Calvary Cemetery.