Richard "Dick" Welteroth, 86, native of Williamsport, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Born August 3, 1927, Dick was the son of John J. and Emma (Schmidt) Welteroth.
A lifetime member of St. Boniface Catholic Church., he graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1947, and worked tirelessly for the benefit of the church on fundraising committees and building maintenance.
Dick was the owner of the family business, J. J. Welteroth for over 40 years, specializing in slate roofs and anything made of tin.
After his son Jim graduated from the Air Force Academy, he decided to join the Civil Air Patrol, not to be outdone by his son. During his 30 years in the Civil Air Patrol, he achieved the rank of major, was a group and squadron commander as well as a pilot. He especially enjoyed teaching the cadets.
He was also a Eagle Boy Scout leader of Troop 35 at St Boniface, coached Sunday School basketball and taught pitching to many baseball hopefuls.
He is perhaps best known for his career as a pitcher for the Washington Senators in the late 1940s and early 1950s, appearing in 90 games and pitching against many legendary players such as Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio. He was a member of the Harmonia Gesang Verien Sing Society, the Brandon Park Commission and a Republican Party precinct leader.
Dick is survived by three children, James and his wife, Susan (Starr), of Yorktown, Va., Linda and her husband, Jay Corey, of Andover, Mass., and Gary and his wife, Patricia (Lehmann), of Pittsfield, Mass.; and eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Brian, Sean, Allison, Michael, Brendan, Meghan and Claire.
He loved his family, especially the grandchildren. He did his best to attend all of their major events no matter how far he had to drive. Driving was a pleasure for him. Every Sunday, he would drive the family around the countryside to find the perfect ice cream cone or shake.
Dick was predeceased by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Joanne (Zinn); son Tom; brother, Carl; and sister, Mary Gramling.
Dick considered anyone he met a friend. The family would like to thank all of you for enriching his life, helping him when he was ill and keeping him in your prayers.
Family and friends are invited to a service celebrating the life of Dick Welteroth that will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd. Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at the Crouse Funeral Home at 133 E. Third St.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions can be made to the St. Boniface Building Fund.