Richard Oblak, 80, of Ellsworth, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 21 2019 after a brief illness in Mon Valley Hospital.
He was born on August 7th, 1939 in Bessemer, the loving son of the late Leo and Agnes Oblak, also from Ellsworth.
Richard was fortunate enough to recently celebrate his eightieth birthday with a pizza party in his home with his ever mindful, caring and loving children.
Richard was a devout Catholic and a life long member of what is now the St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. While a parishioner and active volunteer, he was a member of the Pierogi making team. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5826, Bentleyville.
He spent his career as an auto mechanic with the majority of his employment for the former Scott Motors, Inc. of Washington, Pennsylvania. His pass times included tinkering with automobiles at every opportunity and polkas blasting from the radio the entire time. Younger years were full of music as an accordionist in a variety of different bands including radio appearances, writing songs and having the opportunity to have them recorded on vinyl. Of course, all of this came in second to spending time with his family. In latter years, his days and nights were spent entertaining his grandchildren.
Surviving is the love of his life, best friend and wife of near 59 years, Becky. Also, he leaves behind his three children, Richard G. Oblak (Laurie- deceased), Denise G. Kotchman (Bobo Kotchman), and Lori A. Wade (Doug Wade). Also he leaves behind his precious grandchildren, Sean R. Walters (Amy Casciola Walters), Ryan R. Wade, Cory D. Wade and Thomas L. Wade. Predeceasing him is his grandson RJ Oblak.
In addition, he is survived by his brother Leo Oblak (Tootsie Oblak) of Ohio, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Departed are two sisters, Norma Milby and Delores Zima.
Friends are welcome from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 24, at the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, followed at Noon by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Katharine Drexel, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, with the Reverend Edward L. Yuhas, Pastor, as celebrant.
The Rite of Committal service will follow at St. Luke Cemetery, Bentleyville.
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