Richard G. "Dick" Lucas

February 6, 1938 ~ October 16, 2021 (age 83)


Richard G “Dick” Lucas

February 6, 1938 – October 16, 2021

Howard, Pennsylvania – Dick Lucas, 83 of Howard, PA passed away on October 16, 2021 at his home with the comfort of family at his side after a courageous fight with brain cancer.

Born February 6, 1938 in Boggs Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania to the late F Maxine Gault and the late Milford E Lucas.  On June 27, 1961 he married Norma A Lucas in Addison, NY, who survives.

Dick graduated from Bellefonte High School in 1956.  After graduation, Dick enlisted in the Air Force.  During his enlistment, he was stationed at Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York earning his bachelor’s degree from Mitchell College of Long Island University.  The first college degree ever granted to a military member serving continuously at the Air Force Base. 

Dick was a mechanic in the Air Force and took every opportunity to test new aircraft with pilot and astronaut Charlie Bassett.  They flew many times during his service at Long Island Air Force Base.  After Dick left the Air Force, he started and ended his career at Bald Eagle Area School District, starting as a math teacher and ending as the Business Manager.  In between, he served in various business positions at Cerro Metal Works, Meadow Pride Dairy, Dino’s Pizza, Uni-marts and Unico Corp.  He also served on the Bald Eagle Area School board for many years, was the township supervisor for Howard Township, and served on several boards for the Boy Scouts. 

Dick loved watching his grandkids grow up.  He enjoyed tinkering on any kind of motorized machine (automobiles, record players, 8-track tape players, tractors, kitchen appliances).  He loved music and had a large collection of records and 8-track tapes.  He loved taking care of his roses and working on growing fruit trees on his land.  Through it all, he never lost his sense of humor.  

Dick is survived by his three children: Pamela S Lucas of Sanatoga, PA, Greg A (Diane) Lucas and Beth A (Matt) Lucas-Hill, both of Howard, PA; seven grandchildren: Megan A Kirkbride, Noah D Kirkbride, Damon G Lucas, Zach H Lucas, Colten R Lucas-Hill, Alyssia A Lucas-Hill, and Gavin A Lucas-Hill.  He is also survived by one brother, Milford E (Jesse) Lucas of Howard, PA and one sister, Judy E (Victor) Hernandez of State College, PA.

Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by two brothers, Philip D Lucas and Donald E Lucas; and two sisters, E June Gettig and Dorothy M Crock.

No services at the request of the decedent.  Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Church, 1399 Curtin Hollow Rd, Howard, PA 16841

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