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Richard Leroy Holcombe

October 2, 1915 — August 11, 2014

P. DEAN HOMER FUNERAL HOME 206 WATER STREET PO BOX 1 DUSHORE, PA 18614 TEL 570 928-8163 FAX 570 928-8116 Email OBITUARY August 11, 2014 Richard L. Holcombe, age 98, a highly respected business man of Dushore, PA passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. Dick was born in Dushore on October 2, 1915, a son of the late Vell Burr and Roseanna Jane (Jennie) Cook Holcombe. He graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the Class of 1932. He married the former Ann Viola Driscoll of Towanda on June 15, 1937. She predeceased him on June 3, 2010, after 72 years of marriage. He served as a Corporal in the US Army AirCorps during WWII. Dick was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA and a member of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore, PA and a past Post Commander for Post #996. Dick is well known for his historical reflection articles in “The Sullivan Review” with a byline of “Dick Holcombe Remembers.” He has served on both local and Council leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America. Dick was a member of the Knights of Columbus of St. Basil’s Parish. He served as Sullivan County Commissioner for a four-year term starting in 1964. He was one of the founding members and past Fire Chief for the Dushore Fire Company. Mr. Holcombe grew up in the undertaking and furniture business and in 1934, he joined V. B. Holcombe and Sons with his two brothers and father and they ran a successful undertaking and furniture business in Dushore. Mr. Holcombe also worked for Harrington Dairy and was a successful business owner, owning his own furniture store and eventually a launder mat and dry cleaning facility. He was responsible for the engineering and placement of the sewer lines for the Dushore Borough Sewer Authority and was an active member of Dushore Industries, which was the Economic Development Authority for Borough of Dushore. He is most well known for being one of the founders of the PA Bowhunters Festival and the inventor of the famous running deer target. He was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum in Springfield, MO on September 2006. He is one of the few non-archers in the Archery Hall of Fame. Mr. Holcombe was known as an inventor and owns several patents for his inventions, entrepreneur, writer, but he is best known for being a great father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Surviving:Daughter and son-in-law:Marjorie A. and Thomas Gorsky Penn Yan, NYSon and daughter-in-law:Richard J. and Paula B. Holcombe Laporte, PASeven grandchildren, John Gorsky (Tor), Michael Gorsky (Kathy Dudek), and Thomas Gorsky (Stephanie), Eileen (Radencic) Sipe, Benjamin Radencic, Sara Holcombe Koutsioroumbas (Athan), and Philip S. Holcombe (Laura); and eleven great grandchildren and numerous niece and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Kathryn (Mamie) Radencic Confar on July 28, 2006, and a son-in-law; George A. Radencic Jr. on June 20, 1996, and by two brothers: Vell Carl Holcombe and Pierson Joseph Holcombe and two sisters: Alice Elizabeth (Holcombe) McCarthy and Pauline Cook Holcombe. A Transfer Service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:30 P.M. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 P.M. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA with his Pastor, Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday morning August 16 at the funeral home from 10:30 to 12:30 P.M. The family will provide the flowers. Memorials may be directed to: Dushore Fire Company, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Richard Leroy Holcombe, please visit our flower store.


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