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Richard Leedy

Richard Leedy

Tuesday, May 29th, 1934 Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

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Obituary for Richard D. Leedy

Richard D. Leedy, 86, of Chambersburg and formerly of Scotland, PA, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Menno Haven. Born on May 29, 1934 in Chambersburg, he was the youngest of nine children of the late Jacob and Thesta Foreman Leedy. A 1952 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School, he later went into the U.S. Army, and then on to college at the former Shippensburg State Teachers College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching. Teaching did not turn out to be his chosen profession, but he worked many happy years for the National Biscuit Corporation (Nabisco) as a sales representative. His family always enjoyed the cookies that he brought home from sales meetings! Rich had a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior and worshipped at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Scotland, PA in the past and more recently at King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg, PA.
While in the Army, Rich or Dick, as he was also known, was able to travel to several countries in Europe and later continued to enjoy traveling with his beloved wife, Joni, for many years. He especially loved going with family to the beaches of Ocean City, MD, Corolla, NC, Hilton Head Island, SC, and Vero Beach, FL. Riding the waves at the beach was a passion for him and he did it so well! His other passions included eating pizza and ice cream, making cookies and pies, and gardening.
Rich loved to play softball and participated in many tournaments during his lifetime. He also was a participant in the PA Senior Olympics held at Shippensburg State College and traveled on to compete as far away as Louisiana. He enjoyed other sports like basketball and baseball and was both a referee and umpire for local teams. He was an avid bowler and liked to watch old movies, particularly Westerns, having quite an extensive collection of them in videotape form. Rich also enjoyed time spent with family at his mountain cabin and hunting there with them.
Surviving Richard are his wife of 64 years, Carol Joan Peters Leedy; their three children, Susan (Joe) Kopchick of Mechanicsburg, PA, Richard (Amy Grant) Leedy, Jr. of Chambersburg, and Kelly (Ed) Bell of Chambersburg, PA; his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters- Helen Leedy, Florence Rife, Fern Rosenberry, Adaleen Peckman, Mildred Forrester, and Ruby Etter; and two brothers – Fred and Glen Leedy.
Graveside services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Ron Cook will officiate. There will be no viewing or visitation due to Covid-19 concerns.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA
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Graveside services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, PA.

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Gary Collins

Joan, Ricky, Susie, and Kelly. I learned of your Father's passing just yesterday. I have fond memories of your family, all the sports that Rick and I competed in. Never got selected on the team that Rich was coaching, that was my loss. But he was the best. It's very apparent that his family was the centerpiece of he and Joan's lives. He always had time to talk to us neighborhood kids, and always knew when we were up to no good- hahaha. I pray the Holy Spirit of Comfort guide you through the process of saying good bye to him, but holding onto the memories. God bless you and yours.
Comment | Posted at 08:39am via Condolence
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Susan Kopchick

Thank you so much for your kind words and memories of our dad. We all have many wonderful memories of our time spent on Apple Tree Lane with family, friends, and great neighbors like the Collins family! Family was important to Dad and we will miss him very much. Thanks again and take care!!
Posted at 09:23pm
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Viola Johnson

Your family has our sincere sympathy. Dick was a great neighbor and friend. We can remember him shooting hoops with his children in the driveway. He raised 3 great children in that house and dearly loved his wife and his family. He spent a lot time in the barber shop talking to Bob. Now they are together again shooting the bull and laughing. Your old neighbors, the Johnson's (Vi, Ted, and Tom)
Comment | Posted at 05:06pm via Condolence
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Susan Kopchick

Thank you, Johnson Family! Dad loved spending time with Bob in the Barber shop! It is wonderful to think of them together in heaven remembering all of their good times in Scotland. Thanks again for your memories and kind words......we all miss him dearly!
Posted at 09:31pm
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Jimmy Frey

What a great guy! He was my baseball coach when I was young and the father of one of my good buddies. I know he was a great dad and husband and fun to be around. When I first got into sales many years ago he encouraged me to do well. While I haven’t seen him in many years, I have many good memories. I know he will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 12:51pm via Condolence
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Susan Leedy Kopchick

Thank you so much for your post, Jimmy! Dad loved sports and coaching was something he loved to do. He definitely was a great husband, dad and grandpa and will be missed by all of the family. Our love to you, your sister, and your parents! ~ Sue Leedy Kopchick
Posted at 11:39pm
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Bob Archibald

My sincere condolences to Rich's family. I will cherish the memories of travelling together to a softball
tournament in St. George, Utah and many times bowling with him at Lincoln Lanes. May the peace of Christ be with you all. Bob Archibald

Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Condolence
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Susan Leedy Kopchick

Thank you, Mr. Archibald, for your kind words. Dad loved playing softball and bowling and the people that he played with. Our memories of him will help to sustain us all! Susan Leedy Kopchick
Posted at 11:42pm
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