US Navy

Richard E. Tarcheski

February 9, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Richard Tarcheski Obituary

Richard E. “Rick” Tarcheski, of Pottsville, was called to his last duty station this past Friday.

Originally from Shamokin, he was the son of the late Anna and Edward Tarcheski.

Although he didn’t talk much about his faith, he firmly believed in his “God Box” and passed along many prayer requests by using it.  The prominent portrait of Jesus in his living room was dear to him and he especially asked his former wife Janis to leave it behind when she moved out.  A few of us were told about a time when his cat Lucy had been to the vet but was still very sick.  He held her face in his hands and begged God to heal her and not take her yet.  She began to get better the very next day.

Rich (Uncle Rich) loved his family and especially looked forward to his yearly visits to Connecticut and the road trip with his niece Lorraine.  It was surprising to see how everyone had grown each year.  Sampling his daughter’s cooking was a treat only surpassed by Sunday and holiday dinners at his sister Jean’s.  He looked forward to the annual Fourth of July picnics there too for the food and fellowship.

His love of music was in his blood, and he started playing guitar at the age of fifteen.  Each new ship and duty station found him joining other musicians to entertain their shipmates.  In his 21-year career in the U.S. Navy, he traveled extensively around the world including three tours of duty in Vietnam.  Several years living in Italy provided happy memories.

Upon discharge, he returned to this area in 1980 and joined Georgia Dee and the Country Gentlemen followed by Cheyenne.  He then played lead guitar in his own band Southern Comfort.  The last gigs were with his dear friend Glenn Roberts in the Muddy Sneakers group.  In later years, he taught himself banjo and keyboards.  His extensive vinyl and CD collections brought him hours of enjoyment.  Mastering many video games and playing Words with Friends kept him busy in retirement.

There were several local jobs before retiring, including being the steward of the American Legion Post 286 in Cressona and driving for the Pottsville Republican.  His health challenges were many, including the removal of a tumor inside his heart on Valentine’s Day in 1990 which was discovered by Dr. Soli F. Tavaria.  Several years after quitting smoking, he survived throat cancer.  A positive attitude through these times amazed many.

The last 29 years of his life were beyond his wildest dreams as he helped others to comprehend the meaning of serenity and know peace.  His whole attitude and outlook on life changed.  His sometimes gruff exterior belied his caring heart.

His legacy will live on not only in those people he helped, but also in the hearts and minds of his sister Jean (Dan) Shingara of Shamokin, his daughter Deborah (Neal) Pasay and son Bryan Charles “Charlie” Innes, both of Connecticut; his stepdaughter Aretha Nelson of Delaware, and grandchildren Paige (Donald) Ross, Nicole Talbot and Hailey Pasay, and Charles Ian “Chucky” Innes, all of CT, plus 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his former wife Bernice.  Among his survivors are also his former wife Katherine Johnson of CT and his dear friend and former wife Janis Wise (Robin Swartz) of Schuylkill Haven.  He will be greatly missed by these and his nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 17th from 9 to 11am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah.  Services will be held at 11am.  Burial will be conducted privately.

Donations in his name can be made to either:  Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Rd, Pottsville, PA 17901 or Disabled American Veterans, 500 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

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Private Burial
February 14, 2024

February 17, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc.
40 N Jardin St,
Shenandoah, PA 17976

Funeral Service
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc.
40 N Jardin St,
Shenandoah, PA 17976


Hillside SPCA
51 SPCA Rd., Pottsville PA 17901
Tel: 1-570-622-7769

DAV (Disabled American Veterans)


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