Dr. Richard Landis, 82, Ephrata, Army vet, captain of PSU baseball team, ECH physician

By on August 26, 2015

Dr. Richard “Rick” Landis, 82, of Ephrata, and formerly of Boyertown, passed away at home Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Rick was born and raised in Boyertown, son of the late John Landis and Florence (Gottshall) Landis. He married Carol (Moyer) Landis on Dec. 28, 1963 and together with their four children, lived in Ephrata for more than 45 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years: Carol (Moyer) Landis; four children: John C. Landis, husband of Rebecca, of Warrenton, Va.; Susan B., wife of Joel Pollet, of Sinking Spring; Matthew D. Landis, husband of Gini, of Denver; and Allison K., wife of Charles Ohline, of Ephrata; three grandchildren: Nicholas, Alex, and Kaitlin; five step-grandchildren: Miranda, Kevin, Kyle, Rachel, and Josh. Also surviving is one brother: Robert Landis; one half-sister: Mildred Pettyjohn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a 1950 graduate of Boyertown High School, a 1961 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1965 graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine. He performed his medical residency in internal medicine at the Reading Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1953 through 1955, before attending college on the G.I. Bill.

Rick was employed at the Ephrata Community Hospital – Internal Medicine Practice from 1970-77; the Lebanon VA Hospital from 1977-78; and the Reading Hospital in the Emergency Department from 1978 until his retirement in 1996.

Rick loved baseball and especially loved his lifelong favorite team the New York Yankees. He played third base on the Penn State varsity baseball team, played in the College World Series in 1959, and was team captain in 1961.

Rick worshipped in the Lutheran faith and attended Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ephrata-Lincoln. Rick was a member of Cloister Post No. 429 American Legion in Ephrata. He enjoyed following Yankees baseball and Penn State football, gardening, woodworking, and making furniture for his family. Rick loved his family and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and his pet dogs.

The family will receive friends at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1331 W. Main St. Ephrata, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 29. Funeral services, officiated by the Rev. Jeffrey Goodman, will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rick’s honor may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church, 1331 W. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Services under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata. To send an online condolence, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com.

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