William J. Ricca, 77, of New Tripoli, PA, passed away on February 7, 2023 in Topton Lutheran Home, Topton, PA. He was the husband of Suzanne T. Miller for the past 39 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Mirto) Ricca. Bill was a decorated Vietnam War Army Veteran, having received a bronze star with valor, a purple heart, and a national defense service medal.
Bill graduated from Rutgers University, NJ, with a BA in Business Administration. He later went on to own and operate William J. Ricca Surplus Sales, specializing in military collectibles. He was a member of St. Peter’s (Lynnville) UCC Church. Bill was a past president of Forks of the Delaware Historical Arms Society, Easton, PA, and a former Director of Garand Collectors Association.
Survivors include his loving wife, Suzanne; brother, John (Nancy) Ricca of Gettysburg; sister, Carol Ricca wife of Howard Low of Marlton, NJ; and many friends. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Private interment, with military honors, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a way to honor Bill’s memory would be to spend some time talking with a veteran.
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