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The Life of Richard D Eddinger

RICHARD DONOVAN EDDINGER CONWAY, S.C. – Richard Donovan Eddinger died Jan. 30, 2013, in Conway after a lingering lung illness. Richard was born in 1949, in Franklin, Pa. He attended school in Rocky Grove, Pa. He was a standout high school track and field athlete and set records throwing shot put and discus. Upon graduating from Rock Grove High School in 1967, Richard attended Penn State University and became a Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where he resided for many years. Richard loved to work outdoors, so he thoroughly enjoyed his chosen profession and proudly maintained his registration in both states throughout his life. Music was also an important part of Richard’s life. He loved the music of Jim Croce and Leon Redbone, and was known to emulate their styles with his own guitar talent and gravelly bass vocals in a variety of local venues, most notably the Music at Madison series in Youngstown. Richard always kept his guitar with him, just in case someone wanted to hear a song. Richard was a devout football fan of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and his alma mater, the Penn State Nittany Lions. He was all too happy to share his extensive knowledge of these organizations’ rich histories and current season records with anyone who would lend an ear. Richard leaves behind to enjoy memories, a sister, Velma (Tom) Reid of Austintown; twin brothers, Daniel (Judy) Eddinger of Lisbon and Dennis (Trudy) Eddinger of Cornelius, N.C.; much loved nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces; and his loving partner, Sue Graham of Conway. Richard and Sue attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Conway. Preceding Richard in death were his parents, Chester and Altha (Pickering) Eddinger, and a brother, Timothy. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the chapel at Greenhaven Cemetery on Route 46 in Austintown. Friends and family will be welcomed at a celebration of Richard’s life immediately afterwards at Dorian Bookstore, at the corner of Madison and Elm in Youngstown.

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