Richard E. Sprout, Sr., 91
September 16, 2020
Richard E. Sprout, Sr., 91, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020, now living in eternity with his Lord and Savior, following a lengthy battle with dementia.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Allen and Bessie (Dommel) Sprout. Richard was the loving husband of Elsie M. (Wickersham) Sprout, with whom he celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Richard served in the Merchant Marines, joining at 17 years of age. Following this, he joined the US Army, serving during the Korea War. After being honorably discharged, he went on to work as a Lancaster City Fire Fighter primarily at the West King St. Firehouse from 1957 to 1987, retiring after 30 years of service.
Richard found great satisfaction and joy in refinishing furniture. He also enjoyed traveling with Elsie and going to garage sales.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Richard E. Sprout, Jr., husband of Vicki, of Ephrata; two grandchildren: Crystal Martin, wife of Jeff, of Denver, and Christopher Sprout, husband of Andrea, of South Haven, MI; six great-grandchildren: Ally, Mikey, Kate, Jack, Grace, and Luke; and a niece, Kelly Fritsch.
Graveside services for Richard will be private and at the convenience of the family.
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Condolences to the Family
September 22, 2020
It was with great saddness I learned of the passing of my longtime friend and co-worker Dick. Dick took me under his wing at an early time in my career and was a great teacher and mentor. A true professional at his trade, he taught me the right way of doing things and how to conduct myself. Dick would occasionally drop in on me at work long after he retired, it was always good to see him. Dick was a true family man and often spoke fondly of his wife and son. Please accept my condolences, we will all miss him.
Edward Haubert Deputy Chief (retired)
September 21, 2020
May you have comfort in this time of need. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.
Dick and I served together @ Station 1 when I was a rookie FF. He was one of the best truckman Firefighters I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I always ran around the station everyday for excersice and @ times Dick would run with me. He was a light sleeper and would always ask me in the morning if I heard that noise in the alley alongside the firehouse wall. He will always be remembered as a dedicated Firefighter and a true gentlemen at all times. My memories of Dick go deep and the hours we spent together were ones I will never forget. He was one of the best FF’s I had ever worked with. He taught me many things about firefighting and was instrumental in my wanting to become an officer. My he rest in peace.
Capt. John R. Anne Jr.
September 20, 2020
Sorry for your loss, from what I remember of uncle dick he was a good man. My condolences to you aunt elsie and ricky.