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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Richard Martin Landis
April 8, 1926 - December 20, 2018

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Military Honors - Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00 AM at Spring House Estates, Lower Gwynedd
Memorial Service - Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00 AM at Spring House Estates, Lower Gwynedd

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Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Spring House Estates - 728 Norristown Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 - 215-628-8110 - Map
Family Florist - Schmidt’s Florist - 700 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-6234 - Map
Donation - Spring House Estates - 728 Norristown Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 - 215-628-8110 - Map

Richard Martin Landis of Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania died Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Spring House Estates. He was 92 years old. Richard was born April 8, 1926 in Gap, Pennsylvania, son of the late John Landis and the late Marion Landis (nee - Landis). He is the beloved husband of the late June Landis; father of Diane Gamble and her husband Bob and Jayne Landis; grandfather of Alyssa and Natalie Otto, Brandon Gamble and his wife Kim, Jared Gamble and his wife Kristen, and Rachael Colonnello and her husband Mike; great grandfather of Aidan, Jack, Colin, Ryan, Quinn, and Claire Gamble, and Sarah and Emily Colonnello; brother of Robert Landis and his wife Barbara.

Dick was born and raised in Gap, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Philadelphia in the 1930s. He graduated from Olney High School in the city in 1944. After school, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy, entered active service in June of 1944 and served until his honorable discharge in June of 1946 having attained rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class. Dick’s service honors include: Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He served on a PT boat in the Philippines during his service.

Dick was friends with Ginny Sharpless and met her sister June Sharpless when visiting the Sharpless home as part of Ginny’s group of friends. When he was discharged from the Navy, Richard returned to Philadelphia and was married to June. They settled in the Burholme section of Philadelphia and started a family. Richard started working at Bell Telephone on his return to Philadelphia. He started as a telephone installer and, over the years, moved into the marketing department. He retired when he was 55 years old in 1981 and had 30 years of perfect attendance at work. He participated in the volunteer group at Bell Telephone called the Pioneers. Dick was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Philadelphia Lodge. He was a Red Cross Blood Donor for all of his adult life.  He was even called in the night to do emergency transfusions for people.

Dick and June were long time members of Immanuel Lutheran Church on Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. Over the years, Richard was on the church council, taught at the Sunday School, and was a coach for the church softball team. The family spent many weekends in the Poconos where Dick loved hunting and fishing. Richard and June moved from Burholme to Spring House Estates in 1997 and continued there volunteering at their new home and even showed their apartment to potential new neighbors. After the move to Springhouse they also began traveling extensively.

Relatives and friends were invited to his memorial service Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with military honors rendered by the United States Navy at the auditorium of Spring House Estates, 728 Norristown Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002.

Religious services were conducted by Chaplain Scott Wilson from Spring House Estates, 728 Norristown Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Samaritan Fund of Spring House Estates, 728 Norristown Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002.

Family flowers arranged by Schmidt’s Florist 215-745-6234.

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