S. Richard (Dick) Zook, 88

October 11, 2021

S. Richard (Dick) Zook of Lititz, previously of East Petersburg passed away on October 11, 2021. He passed away after a breakthrough case of Covid-19 with underlying conditions. He was a resident of Moravian Manor with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Dick was born at the Zook family residence in East Lampeter Township on Nov. 2, 1932. Dick was the son of the late Samuel E. and Anna Luetta Kreider Zook. He graduated from Lancaster County’s West Lampeter Township High School in 1950. He was a lifelong resident of Lancaster County, PA.

He was the husband of Harriet Kratzer Zook with whom he spent 57 years of marriage. He was the father of Kirsten, wife of Paul Stockman and Liesl, the wife of Wayne Wolf. He was the proud grandfather of Hans Stockman who is married to Mariel, Wyeth Stockman, and Christian Wolf. He was the great grandfather to Bruce R. Stockman. He was excited and happy to be with his loved ones.

Dick had several professions in his lifetime. At age 19 he enlisted in the US Army and proudly served during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged. After his commitment to the Army, he served as a US mail carrier in Strasburg, PA. Upon earning his degree in education from Millersville University, he became a 6th grade teacher at Wrightsville Elementary School in Eastern York School District. For 29 years, he shared his joy of learning with students until his retirement. During summers, he worked at Plain and Fancy where he was a tour guide through his beloved Amish country.

Music was a lifelong love for Dick. Any music made him happy, but most especially jazz. He kept himself busy with fishing, gardening, refinishing furniture and reading. While all these brought him pleasure, his wife, children, grandchildren, and most recently his great grandson brought him his greatest lifetime moments.

In addition to immediate family, he is survived by five siblings, Ruth wife of Lloyd Rutt, Donald married to Barbara, Doris widow of Mark Brubaker, Lois widow of John Yost and Kenneth. Predeceasing him was his infant brother Daniel. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their children.

Due to on-going Covid protocols a private celebration of life with a small gathering of invited friends and family will be held to remember Dick’s life. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter 9378, 2595 Interstate Dr. Harrisburg, PA 17110.

May Dick rest in peace and may memories of him be a blessing to those who knew him.

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February 03, 2022

Aunt Harriet,
I just saw this and wanted to express my condolences to you and the family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love Heidi and family 

November 18, 2021

I fondly remember Mr. Zook, my 6th grade teacher at Wrightsville Elementary.  Rest in Peace, kind Sir.

November 18, 2021

Sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the family.  Mr Zook was one of my teachers at wrightsville elementary. I have a few memories that I sometimes think about.  May he rest in piece.

October 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss Harriet.  As you know, Dick and I shared many memories from Lampeter school along with Chuck Bachman.  You Dick, Betty and I had happy times.  I especially recall Dick’s “Tour Guide” presentation for Betty and I during one of our visits.  You, (the Zooks and the Bachmans) provide many happy memories for me going back to high school days.  My prayers are that Dick, Betty, Chuck, and Jackie share the peace and love of Jesus in his glorious heaven.  Stay well Harriet.
Vincent Pietsch, Jr

October 18, 2021

Our condolences to you all. He led an amazing life and was a man of many talents! We’re praying for peace and comfort during these difficult times. In Christian Love,
Rich and Brenda Barnes

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