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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Richard W. “Rick” Packer, 54, of Shinglehouse, PA

Richard W. “Rick” Packer
“beloved husband, father & grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Richard W. “Rick” Packer, 54, of Shinglehouse, died at home Friday, December 31, 2010 after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Born August 28, 1956 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Charles A. “Charlie” and Edna “Peg” Chase Packer. On July 2, 1977 in the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, he married Sharon L. Wilson, who survives.

Rick attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. Along with his wife, he owned and operated Packer’s Cleaning Service in Shinglehouse. Prior to that he was employed by Fred’s Contract Cleaning in Olean, NY and most recently had been employed by Portville Central School as a custodian until June 2008, leaving due to ill health.

Rick enjoyed cars, having a passion for older cars and hot rods owning several of them throughout the years. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He also loved working on old tractors, rebuilding and restoring them. Rick built hundreds of models and also collected several hundred die cast models; and in general, he was an avid collector of many things. He loved animals, but his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Deborah A. (Sean Spink) Packer and Diana K. (Kevin) Spink, both of Olean, NY, and Katie J. (Shawn Mott) Packer of Portville, NY; eleven grandchildren; an aunt; an uncle; many cousins; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Rick was predeceased by two brothers, Charles “Chuck” Packer and George Packer.

At Rick’s request there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Flowers are gratefully declined and the family suggests memorials be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Cattaraugus County SPCA, Route 16, Olean, NY 14760.

Arrangements are under the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.


Mandy (Gaston) Smith said...

Rick will be greatly missed. He was always tinkering with something or doing something. He loved his kids and especially his grandkids. My thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Packer family during this difficult time.

Ray & Bobbie McGinnis

Mrs. Amy Wright said...

My prayers for the family. We lived next door to Rick and his family for a few years. I remember his conversations with my dad (who passed away recently as well).

Amy Wright (Love)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. My family and I greatly appreciate them.


Diana Spink

Dave & Kathy Garrity said...

Sharon & Family
We are so sorry to hear about Rick. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rick always had a ready smile and it was always a pleasure speaking with him. He will be missed.

Dave & Kathy Garrity