Richard P. Markey Sr.
March 10, 1925 – November 12, 2020
Lebanon, PA – Richard P. (Dick) Markey Sr. of Lebanon, PA, passed away peacefully Thursday evening at home. He celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this year.
Dick was born in Lebanon, PA, the son of Homer R. Markey and Viola Matterness Markey. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Cyrus and Lucy Matterness.
Dick was a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School where he lettered in several sports. He joined the United States Marine Corp upon reaching the age of 18. Due to his experience as a truck driver working for T.H. Heilig, he was assigned to a Seabee unit in the South Pacific.
Dick’s passion was golf, either playing or watching. He was also a life-long Phillies and Eagles fan. He was the co-owner of Mello-Dee Music Company, and worked in the amusement machine industry for forty years.
Dick was a life member of the Lebanon Elks Lodge #631, a life member of the Annville American Legion Post 559, a life member of the Lebanon VFW Post 23, and a life member of the Elstonville Sportsman’s Association. He was a lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and enjoyed attending church on a regular basis.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth J. (Betty) Markey, a son Bruce Richard Markey, brothers Cyril and Robert Markey, and a sister Joyce Smith. He is survived by his son Richard Jr, a daughter-in-law Kathleen Welch Markey, grandchildren Bruce Markey, Kate Derr, great-grandchild Owen Derr, a sister Betty Asick, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Rohland Funeral Home in Lebanon, PA on Saturday November 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dick’s name to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation www.toysfortots.org
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Richard P. Markey Sr.
November 20, 2020
When I open my families very old photo album. the first photo I encounter is a photo of Dick, posed as he received a RED/BLUE "L" award from L.H.S., for athletic achievement. For the rest of my life, it seems, I tried to figure out who this person was all about . Little did I know how close a good friend we would become! A surprising , unique and rather quirky gent he was, with his own dry sense of humor. We were part of the Lebanon Eagles fan club and one of our last "Road Trips" was to attend the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 1980. As always, Dick was the ultimate fan and truly a great friend to have traveled with along one of many life's episodes along the way, as long as we knew each other! I shall forever hold his image so very fondly in my memory of those who have greatly touched my life, and whenever I think of Dick, a perpetual smile will forever come to the fore as I remember this unique, quirky gentleman.
November 15, 2020
I remember Dick fondly as I grew up and through the years. He was always full of life! He and Betty made a fun couple who I will always remember with a smile.
My deepest sympathy to Rick and his family.