Richard W. Pedro Sr., age 73, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2019, at home with family at his side.
Richard was born on Aug. 25, 1945, one of 13 children to Gilbert and Cora Hunsinger Pedro. He grew up in Mildred, Pennsylvania, and attended the Turnpike School.
He began working for his brother’s company, Angelo Pedro Construction and later worked in the woods, logging for George Wettlaufer Sr., and also worked at Glendon’s furniture store in Dushore, laying linoleum. He owned his own farm where he raised veal calves and also worked for Garinger Trucking, driving trucks until his retirement.
At one time he raised Belgian horses, and used them in several events in Sullivan County. He also had coon dogs and used to enjoy hunting with his brothers and friends.
Richard enjoyed going to the horse auctions in Middleburg, Pennsylvania, with his children and his brothers, Tom, Wayne, Eddy, and Mickey and his sister Eleanor during his horse loving days.
During his retirement, he spent time sitting at his favorite spot at the Pump and Pantry, with all his buddies visiting and seeing family and friends coming and going. He loved to tell stories about all his adventures throughout the years. He liked to tease people, and you never knew what he was going to say.
He spent most Fridays with his sister Toots, traveling here and there. They usually went every Monday to the Wyalusing Sale Barn Auction to see the farm animals and the produce being sold. He liked to bring back produce to share with family and friends. Richard raised chickens, so he could sell the eggs and visit with his customers.
He often made his famous pancakes, from his mom’s recipe, which she used while raising her 12 children. His children and grandchildren have many memories eating breakfasts and laughing and again telling stories throughout the day.
Richard was a loving father and grandfather and enjoyed going to his sons, Richard Jr., Jon, and Jordan Pedro and grandchildren, Richard III and Cory Lewis’s basketball games, always cheering them on.
Surviving are his three sons, Richard W. (Antoinette) Pedro Jr. of Dushore, Pennsylvania, twins: Jonathan Michael Pedro of Dushore, Pennsylvania and Jordan Wayne Pedro of Dushore, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Terry (Randy) Lewis of Dushore, Pennsylvania and Catrina Ayers of Dushore, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Carissa (Mike Snow) Pedro, Richard Pedro III, April (Daniel) Thompson, Cory (Kayla) Lewis, Carly Lewis and Kaylee Ayers; great-grandchildren, twins, Allister and Elaina Thompson, and baby Lewis due in November; three brothers, Angelo (Shirley) Pedro of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Jerome (Rebecca) Pedro of Mildred, Pennsylvania and Michael (Debra) Pedro of Mildred, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Alberta Pastusic of Mildred, Pennsylvania, Dawn “Toots” Masteller of Dushore, Pennsylvania, and Deborah (Dennis) Hill of Mildred, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, John Fowler of Mildred, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Sharon Pedro of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Beverly Pedro of Dushore, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by brothers, John an infant, Thomas J. “T.J.” Pedro on Oct. 2, 2014, Wayne Joseph Pedro Sr. on Oct. 23, 2014, Edward Pedro Sr. on March 11, 2017; sisters, Margaret Sysock Pastusic on April 28, 1996, and Eleanor Fowler on Oct. 24, 2014. He was also predeceased by a nephew, Thomas Pedro Jr. in 1966; and nieces, Marci K. Pedro Beighley, Jodi Lynn Fowler Miller, Angela M. Pedro Thomas, Sue Pedro Adams, and Michelle Pedro Collings.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Ronald L. Dyer, officiating. Interment will follow in Old Zion Cemetery, Dushore, Pennsylvania.
Friends and family may call from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania.
The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614
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