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Richard H. "Dick" Simbeck, 82, of 533 North Michael Street, St. Marys, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born November 28, 1930 in St. Marys, son of the late Henry and Irene Davis Simbeck.
On August 7, 1954, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Donna Gahr, who survives.
Mr. Simbeck was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1948. In 1958, he graduated from Penn State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired from Keystone Carbon Company Thermistor Division in 1994. He was a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church, where he directed the Church's first Folk Choir; he served in the United States Army during the Korean War; was a member of the St. Marys American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the American Ceramics Society, IEEE, and the Musician's Union. For many years he was a guitarist and vocalist in local groups such as the Foggy Mountain Boys, Stardust Trio, Hal Fritz Trio, Hal Fritz Polka Band and the Keys and Strings. He was an active member of the Cursillo Movement for many years.
In addition to his wife he, is survived by two daughters, Margaret â€śPeggyâ€ť (Ben) Hoffman and Elizabeth â€śLisaâ€ť (Ken) Hoffman, both of St. Marys; one son, Steve (Edie) Simbeck of Salt Lake City, Utah; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey Hoffman, Angela Hoffman, Adam Hoffman, Christopher Hoffman, Katie Sobieski, Karen Hoffman, Tricia Hoffman, Anna Hoffman, Kevin Hoffman, Benji Hoffman and Timothy J. Hoffman; three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Caleb and Jaylin Hoffman; two sisters,Â Henrietta "Kuni" Roussey and Marie "Wiggie" Rezmerski, both of Johnsonburg; one brother, Leo "Link" Simbeck of St. Marys; and one sister-in-law, Kathleen Simbeck of Milwaukee, Wis.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Timothy R Hoffman in infancy; three sisters, Ruth Meyer, Ethel Barnes and Edna Straub; and two brothers, Aaron and Robert Simbeck.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard H. "Dick" Simbeck will be celebrated in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, Pastor, as celebrant. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, April 4, from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 114 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.