Richard Lee “Dick” Creveling
May 9, 1934 - May 9, 2023
Loving husband, father, and grandfather, Richard Lee Creveling passed away peacefully on his 89th birthday surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Richard was born on May 9, 1934 to the late Cecelia (Stopper) Creveling in Bloomsburg, PA. “Dick” lived most of his life as a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He served his country as a member of the US Air Force, having been stationed in California, and later at a joint NATO command base at Fontainebleau, France. While in France he made many friends, traveled extensively and was granted a private audience with St. Pope John XXIII and volunteered to assist pilgrims at the grotto of Lourdes.
Upon leaving the Air Force, Dick attended and graduated from Lycoming College, where he met his future wife, Kay, the daughter of the late Dr. James and Ruth Yoder. He eventually became an educator with the Williamsport Area School District, where he helped to influence thousands of young people during his 36 plus years of teaching. He served as advisor of the Williamsport Area High School Key Club and National Honor Society for many years as well as mentored many student teachers.
Dick loved to travel with his family and close friends, venturing throughout this country as well as visiting many corners of the world, making his way to five continents.
He was also a man of faith and lived his life as an example of piety, love and charity, serving many years as the director of religious education at the former Annunciation Church in Williamsport. He enjoyed membership in the Williamsport Kiwanis Club and Delaware Saengerbund.
Prior to succumbing to his illness, he spent several months living with his family in Delaware, celebrating a life well-lived and enjoying the simple pleasures of spending time together with those he loved.
In addition to his mother, Dick was preceded in death by his beloved siblings, Mary, William, Robert and John. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Kay (Yoder); son, Rick (Tricia); and his treasured twin grandchildren, Mal and Collin.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:15 am on Friday, May 19, 2023, at St. Joseph Parish, 319 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am. Interment will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. A memorial service is being planned later this summer in Williamsport, PA for family and friends unable to travel.
A memorial scholarship is being established in Dick’s name. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the “Richard L. Creveling Memorial Fund” at P.O. Box 536, Middletown, DE 19709.