Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014, Richard "Dick" Lavern Lininger, 86, left this imperfect world to meet Jesus, his perfect Lord, Savior and friend. Richard was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Curwensville, Pa., to parents, Russell and Eva Lininger, where he lived until 2003.
Following graduation from high school, he served his country during World War II
in the U.S. Navy
. He returned home to complete his education and marry Doris Bloom, his high school sweetheart, on Feb. 22, 1951. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Richard managed the Russell H. Lininger Funeral Home for 25 years. He also served 12 years as Clearfield County Commissioner, finishing his work years and retiring from Curwensville Home Health Products.
While raising his family of five daughters, Richard was active many years in his church and community, as a member of The Lions Club and Board of Directors of the Curwensville State Bank. His favorite hobbies were trout fishing in the mountain streams of Pennsylvania and following happenings of his Pittsburgh Pirates, Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers football. Curwensville was home for 75 years when he and Doris moved to Tyler to spend their golden years with their large family. Dick was a founding member of CrossPointe Community Church, serving on the leadership and elder's board. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and grandson, Isaac Elijah Cooke.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Linda (Bill) Cooke, Sherri (Michael) Stephens, Tyler, Jaymie (Michael) Shine, Champaign, Ill., Marsha (Howard) Triebold, Navarre, Fla., Dori (Glenn) Eikner, Tyler; grandchildren, Aaron (Kim), Seth (Kimberly), Charity, Peter, Faith, Hope, Jonas and Nicolas Cooke, Johnathan Stephens and Rachel Hogue, Janessa, Janell and Jayson (Chelsea) Shine, Michelle (Keith) Whitfield, Lori (Daniel) Ismay, Teresa (Ryan) Daigle, Benjamin (Kim) Thomas, John, Christian Eikner; great-grandchildren, Amerie, Isaac, Olivia, Ehren, Lucas, Wesley, Aaron, Kaison and Kamdyn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Brett, of Clearfield, Pa.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 5, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to services Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m., with interment following in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Don Spradling officiating.
Family wishes to thank doctors, nurses and aides at Watkins-Logan VA Home and Compass Hospice for his care.