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Richard Alan Phillippi

24 janvier , 19491 décembre , 2019
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Richard “Dick” Phillippi, 70, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in the comfort of his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1949 in Mt. Pleasant, PA, son of the late Maxine Whipkey Snyder and stepson of the late Emerson D. Snyder.

Dick lived a life of service. During the Vietnam War, he saw combat as an engineer in the 4th Infantry Division of the Army. When he returned home to Pennsylvania, he was an active member of many organizations, including the Hecla and Bridgeport Sportsmen Clubs. Dick and his family moved to Harrisonburg in 1986 to manage Rockingham Motel, capitalizing on his excellent carpentry and electrical skills. Those skills later came in handy when Dick became the maintenance supervisor at the Bridgewater Retirement Village, where he went above and beyond caring for all the residents. As a father, he shared his outdoor-sports knowledge with his son’s local scout groups, teaching them about fishing and wood lore, a passion that also contributed to his daughter’s eventual career in marine biology and conservation.

Though leukemia forced Dick into early retirement in 2002, his illness didn’t diminish his love of life or his desire to help others. He could be found volunteering at People Helping People, an ecumenical organization that provides support to people in crisis, every Monday; regularly attending services and working the sound equipment at Sunrise Church of the Brethren; promoting Chapter 1061 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and other groups of which he was a lifetime member, including Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars; and teaching woodcarving classes. Dick was a talented and generous artisan, giving away more woodcarvings than he ever sold.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy Phillippi, his brother, R. Lee Snyder, and his father, Carl Phillippi.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Phillippi; his daughter, Aimee Phillippi, her husband Mick Womersley, and granddaughter, Edana Womersley all of Jackson, ME; his son, Matt Phillippi and wife, Erin of Harrisonburg, VA; and his brother, Joseph Snyder of Mt. Pleasant, PA.

A memorial service for Dick will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at 2 pm at Sunrise Church of the Brethren, with Rev. Richard Wehrle and Dr. J. D. Glick officiating. If guests have one of Dick’s woodcarvings at home, please bring one to the service to share and pay tribute to his memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People Helping People by mail at 281 East Market St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

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Ben Elliott

décembre 14, 2019

There was never a dull moment with Dick at church. We would talk about a wide array of topics. From Pittsburgh sports to military stories I enjoyed every second I spent with him. But I thing I enjoyed the most with him was the way he would always greet me. Every time I would see him at church I’d greet him by saying “hey Dick how are you how’s your week been?” He would always respond in the same way. Ben.... what did I ever do to make you think we were friends? And just as I would walk away he would bust out laughing with the most infectious laugh I’ve ever heard. Dick was a great man and I miss him deeply.
Ben Elliott

Diane P

décembre 11, 2019

Dear Judi, Amy Matt & Families,

So many memories not easily put into words; these are the first to come to mind:
-A Caring, Sharing Person who was always doing something for somebody; and who was willing to talk, listen and teach.
-A Good Host who always made me feel welcome when I showed up with food, drink, good conversation, jokes & entertaining activities.
-A Man who Loved People & Animals & Valued Family and Friends.
-A Teacher of New Things, who introduced me to: cribbage, pinochle, avocados & hot pepper relish.
But mostly,
-A Friend of many years who felt like Family and A Person that I am Thankful that God, for some reason, put into my life along with All of You .
My Sincerest Sympathy and Prayers for Your Peace and for Dick's Eternal Rest.

Diane




Judy Simmons

décembre 10, 2019

Every Monday I would sit across the desk at PHP & look into the face of Dick, as I wrote checks. You never knew what he was he was going to come up with when he answered the phone. Since July I have missed that wit and humor. Heaven is richer and funnier for his presence now. Dennis & I treasure his wooden cravings. God's blessings to all the family.
Judy & Dennis Simmons

Jackie Wells

décembre 9, 2019

Many, many hours of volunteering with Dick at People Helping People. I cherish all of the wood carvings Dick made for me. Thank you, Dick, for your life of unselfish service. You helped countless numbers through difficult times sharing your time, love, and resources.

James Williams

décembre 6, 2019

My deepest condolences on your loss. R/James Williams VVA1061

Dave Pruett

décembre 6, 2019

Dear Judy, Aimee, Matt, and Phillippi family,

So saddened to learn of Dick's passing. What a rich, giving, inspirational life he lived despite struggling with a life-threatening illness for nearly two decades.

We are "holding you in the Light"--as the Quakers say--during your time of great loss. May you find comfort in wonderful memories, one another, and the support of friends and family.

Hugs all,
Dave Pruett and Suzanne Fiederlein

Paul & Kathy Clancey

décembre 3, 2019

Godspeed !

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Richard “Dick” Phillippi, 70, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in the comfort of his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1949 in Mt. Pleasant, PA, son of the late Maxine Whipkey Snyder and stepson of the late Emerson D. Snyder.

Dick lived a life of service. During the Vietnam War, he saw combat as an engineer in the 4th Infantry Division of the Army. When he returned home to Pennsylvania, he was an active member of many organizations, including the Hecla and Bridgeport Sportsmen Clubs. Dick and his family moved to Harrisonburg in 1986 to manage Rockingham Motel, capitalizing on his excellent carpentry and electrical skills. Those skills later came in handy when Dick became the maintenance supervisor at the Bridgewater Retirement Village, where he went above and beyond caring for all the residents. As a father, he shared his outdoor-sports knowledge with his son’s local scout groups, teaching them about fishing and wood lore, a passion that also contributed to his daughter’s eventual career in marine biology and conservation.

Though leukemia forced Dick into early retirement in 2002, his illness didn’t diminish his love of life or his desire to help others. He could be found volunteering at People Helping People, an ecumenical organization that provides support to people in crisis, every Monday; regularly attending services and working the sound equipment at Sunrise Church of the Brethren; promoting Chapter 1061 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and other groups of which he was a lifetime member, including Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars; and teaching woodcarving classes. Dick was a talented and generous artisan, giving away more woodcarvings than he ever sold.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy Phillippi, his brother, R. Lee Snyder, and his father, Carl Phillippi.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Phillippi; his daughter, Aimee Phillippi, her husband Mick Womersley, and granddaughter, Edana Womersley all of Jackson, ME; his son, Matt Phillippi and wife, Erin of Harrisonburg, VA; and his brother, Joseph Snyder of Mt. Pleasant, PA.

A memorial service for Dick will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at 2 pm at Sunrise Church of the Brethren, with Rev. Richard Wehrle and Dr. J. D. Glick officiating. If guests have one of Dick’s woodcarvings at home, please bring one to the service to share and pay tribute to his memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People Helping People by mail at 281 East Market St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.