|Birth: ||May 16, 1936|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 2014|
"Dick", a local jeweler, a doer of good deeds, pilot, and a very good clock and watch collector and repairman, passed away 19 April, 2014.
Born in Wheeling, "By God" West Virginia 15 May, 1936 to Walter F and Catherine H Dorer, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by an extended family, three children, sons Richard Jr., wife Donna, Brad, his wife Donna, daughter Catharine and husband John, several grandchildren. He was a good Father and Parent.
"Dick" was educated in the Schools of Wheeling, West Virginia, attended West Virginia University, West Liberty State College, and Bowman Technical School of Watchmaking in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
"Dick" was a long time Member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, as well as Southwestern Chapter 15 of Watch and Clock Collectors. He was almost always to be seen at Conventions and Meetings of both, was an avid collector of Railroad Watches, and had a collection that was known world wide.
He was also a Certified Gemologist, and received his certification from the American Gem Society. He knew his business.
He had been at one time a Sales Representative for Elgin National Watch Company, working out of Abilene until ca 1964, when he moved to Fredericksburg, Texas and bought the old Walter Jewelry Store on Main Street, where he conducted his Watch, Clock and Gem business until a few years ago.
"Dick's" achievements were many, he was a Licensed Private Pilot, flew his own plane, served three years in Germany with the United States Army, Deputy District Governor of the Lions, Chairman of the local Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, United Fund, Hill Country Recording for the Handicapped, a Member of the Masonic Order, Rotary Club, Ex Military Flyers Club, Fredericksburg Chorale, Arion Mens Choir, Fredericksburg Mens Chorus, Fredericksburg Theater Company, and many others. He did a lot for the Community that was unseen and unknown, and was never one to blow his own horn.
"Dick" was cremated, and a Memorial Service held Saturday 26 April at Schaetter's Funeral Home, the Reverend Dr. J. Jason Fry officiating. I personally have never seen such an overflow crowd as the one that attended his Service, the main building was filled to capacity, with many remaining outside. At his request, and memorial contributions are requested to be sent to the Texas Lions Camp or to the Salvation Army.
He will be missed, I considered him one of my very best friends, and knew him since the 1960's, he taught me what little I know of repairing a watch. He was supposed to sing at my Funeral, but that didn't work out, he left before I did.
Auf Wiedersehen old Friend.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Grady Leroy Puryear
Record added: May 01, 2014
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