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Richard Manchak, 81, Archbald, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Commonwealth Regional Hospital in Scranton after a long battle with diabetes. Born in Dickson City, he was the son of the late Thaddeus Manchak and Eleanor Gates. He was preceded in death by his brother, Simon Manchak, and his sisters, Kathryn Davis and Patricia Ingerson.
Rich was a graduate of Blakely High School and Keystone Junior College. From 1963 to 1965, he served in the U.S. Navy as electronics technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. Upon completing his military service, he began a career with IBM in Scranton that lasted nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1995. He later became actively involved with the Ambrose Revels American Legion Post 328 in Archbald, attaining the rank of First Vice-Commander.
For more than 20 years, he made countless trips to New Jersey to help with projects and visit his family, especially after his grandchildren were born. Over his lifetime, Rich enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards and golfing, once scoring a Hole-In-One. While his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren, he also cherished his 'second family' at the American Legion. It was here that he delighted in giving and receiving endless, good-natured teasing.
He is survived by his son, Robert, and wife, Ruth (Pientack), Sparta, NJ; and his grandchildren, Alexa and Zachary, along with his brother Thaddeus "Smiler" Manchak Jr., Moosic. The family would like to extend a very special note of gratitude to the staff of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton for their care of Rich while he was a resident.
Friends and family may call Tuesday, August 22nd, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, 420 Church Street, Archbald.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 23nd, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 411 Church St. Archbald. Dickson City Veterans Honor Guard will conduct a military service following mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rich's honor to the Ambrose Revels Post 328, 426 Main Street, Archbald, PA, 18403.
Ambrose Revels Post 328
426 Main St, Archbald PA 18403