Richard D. Held, 94, of New Tripoli, PA. passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on May 1, 2020. He was married to the late Gladys J. Held for over 66 years, until her passing on April 1, 2018. He was born in Allentown, PA., a son of the late Alvin J. and Ettamay (LaBarre) Held. Richard was a WWII veteran, having served in the US Navy from 1942-1946. He was a truck driver for Consolidated Freight Ways of Mt. Pocono, PA. until retiring in 1996. He was a member of Ebenezer U.C.C. Church in New Tripoli, PA., the New Tripoli Fire Co., Allen O Delke Legion Post 16 in Slatington, PA., and he was a life member of the VFW, post 8344 in Schnecksville, PA. Richard was known as everybody’s grandpa. He was a fun-loving man, who loved to tell stories, watch Nascar, and cheer on his beloved NY Yankees! He was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and he enjoyed playing baseball and golf. Survivors include two daughters, Donna J. wife of William Leahy, N.C., and Janice G. wife of Erskine C. Rogers, III Esq., FL.; three sons, Richard A. Held, New Ringgold, PA., David B. Held, Kempton, PA., and Cory W. Held, New Tripoli, PA.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by five brothers, Gerald, Clete, Joseph, Eugene, and Courtney Held. Due to the current health concerns, services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be sent directly to the Community Fire Co. of New Tripoli, PA., 7242 Decatur Street New Tripoli, PA. 18066.
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