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Richard H. "Dick" Wannemacher

July 16, 1933 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Richard H. "Dick" Wannemacher Obituary

Richard "Dick" Wannemacher, age 90, of West Chester, PA, died peacefully on January 21, 2024.

He will be missed by many including his wife of 64 years, Doris Elvanian Wannemacher, his daughter, Leslie Hodgson, his son, Richard H. Wannemacher, Jr., grandchildren, Michael Griffith, U.S. Army, SSG James Hodgson, Ava, Vance and Chase Wannemacher.

Dick, the son of the late Walter and Martha Haines Wannemacher, was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Olney High School. After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Oklahoma for 2 years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University majoring in Health and Physical Education. He competed on the Temple Cross country team.

Before retiring after 30 years, Dick taught health and physical education at Valley Forge Middle School in the Tredyffrin Easttown School District where he coached the track and soccer teams. Many of his former colleagues were the subjects of humorous videos which he produced and often moderated when he was the video coordinator. This video talent continued on various vacation trips, often producing perfect shots of the ground and his feet.

A natural runner since he was a teenager, he competed in numerous 5K and 10K races including the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco adding to his numerous collections of tee shirts. Whether in the stands or watching TV, Dick enjoyed many sports including the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and many tennis and golf tournaments.

A loving "Pop-Pop", he was always there for his grandchildren. His unassuming manner belied a kind, loving and thoughtful man always willing to be there for so many and thinking of others before himself. Dick leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his spirit will live in the memories of those who loved him. He will forever be our king of the sandcastles.

A Visitation will be held Sunday, February 18, from 10:00am - 11:00am at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA, followed by a Celebration of Life 11:00am. 

Contributions in Dick's memory can be made to Penn Medicine Hospice, 300 Willowbrook Lane Suite 317, West Chester, PA 19382

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February 18, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St
West Chester, PA 19380

Celebration of Life
February 18, 2024

11:00 AM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St
West Chester, PA 19380


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