Richard S. Nunzir, 85 a lifelong resident of Monaca passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley.
A son of the late Daniel and Agnes Nunzir, Richard was a 1953 graduate of Monaca High School. He then served in the United States Air Force as an airman 1st class during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at the U S Air Force Manzano base in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a military police where he guarded nuclear weapons. He also played softball and was a star hockey player as a goalie on the Air Force sports teams. Richard and Marlene (Sampson) were married on May 29, 1954. The newlyweds made their home at the Manzano Air Force Base until his discharge in 1957. Richard was employed with Valspar in the shipping department and served as the president of the United Steelworkers Union Local #13987 for 35 years, representing Valspar Company in Rochester. Putting his heart and soul in his work, Richard was very diligent at his job and improved safety and working conditions at the plant. He also was a coach of the Monaca Little Indians Midget Football Team for a number of years. Richard was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Monaca as well as a former member of the American Legion Post #580 and their golf league which he loved playing in his free time. He was a family man through and through, and he was an important part of his community.
Richard is survived by his son, Daniel A. (Mary Jane Ridjaneck) Nunzir of Monaca, a brother, Frank “Sonny” (Rose) Nunzir of Salem, Ohio; his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and their spouses: Melvin (Marian) Sampson of Monaca, Robert (the late Irene) Sampson of Center Township, Carol (Paul) Suttelle of Monaca, and John (Alice) Sampson of Knox, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene C. (Sampson) Nunzir on June 1, 2005.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, October 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, where prayers will be offered at 9:30 AM on Thursday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit at 11:15 am at the cemetery Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
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