Richard S. Fitterling, 91, decorated veteran, CSD retiree, Adamstown VFW, fire co. member

By on May 21, 2014

Richard S. “Neshty” Fitterling, 91, Loving Husband, Dad, Pop-Pop, and Great Pop-Pop lived a very full life enriched with love, laughter, family and friends.

He was born on October 27, 1922 in Adamstown, where he lived with his wife of 68 years, Leonore (Kegerise), until moving to Garden Spot Village in 2008.

Neshty was the son of the late Walter and Francis (Zinn) Fitterling of Adamstown. He was preceded in death by brother Pierce and sister Anna (Fitterling) Adams.

Neshty was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Normandy Invasion, serving in the 29th Division, 175th Infantry Regiment. In the weeks following D-Day, a sniper wounded him on June 22, 1944, for which he earned a Purple Heart Medal. He was also decorated with the World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.

A skilled electrician by trade, Neshty retired from the Cocalico School District, and was a member of the Adamstown VFW and Adamstown Fire Department for many years.

Neshty was an active and faithful member of Peace United Church of Christ in Denver. He was an avid sports fan (especially baseball) and enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and playing cards. A friendly and outgoing person, Neshty had a lifelong passion for his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

He is survived by his wife: Leonore; daughter: Kathy, wife of Gary Schlegel of Lebanon; son: Chris, husband of Linda Fitterling of Stevens; grandson: Steven, husband of Marcy Schlegel of Palmyra; granddaughter: Jessica, wife of Kevin Klinkner of Mount Joy; and great-grandchildren: Aidan, Riley, Callahan, and Amelia.

Family and friends are invited to Peace United Church of Christ, 37 E. Swartzville Rd., Denver, on Thursday, May 22 for a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service with the Reverend William Hoch officiating. Private interment with Military Honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Neshty may be sent to Peace United Church of Christ or the Garden Spot Village Benevolence Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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