Richard J. Thiers, Jr.

Jun 15 1957
Jun 18 2022
65 Years
Leola, Pennsylvania

Richard J. Thiers, Jr., 65, of Lancaster County, PA, passed away unexpectedly in a tragic accident on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Born in Abington, PA, he was the son of the late Richard (Dick) J. Thiers, Sr. and Nancy Curtis Thiers.

 Rick was a 1975 graduate of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and was employed most of his life as a truck driver and mechanic with various local companies. He was an avid WWII reenactor and had many other hobbies including working on antique cars, gardening, and growing his collection of treasures. He also enjoyed baking for his friends and family. 

He is survived by three daughters: Christine Shaffer and husband Travis, Mireille and Rebekah Thiers, three grandchildren: Benjamin, Sophie, and Taylor, two siblings; Christopher Thiers and Jeanne Hunsberger as well as many beloved family members. He was preceded in death by one sister, Adrienne Thiers.

Visitation will be held Saturday at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, PA, from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM with services to follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jun 25 2022 - 10:30am
Service Location: 
Our Lady of Consolation Church


My twin Brutha from anotha mutha!  That was one our many sayings. Ricky was the best friend I’ve ever had!  He was an amazing man with an incredible heart!! He was so proud and loved his daughters with every inch of his soul! We had so many good times together reenacting and eating SpaghettiOs and french fries  while we watched the same movies over and over!!! My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time! My life will never be the same without My brutha!! R I P  Ricky! ❤️❤️❤️❤️


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We won’t repeat what others have already said. Always looked forward to seeing Rick and finding out what sort of nuttiness he’d been up to. Never let us down in that regard.

Fondest memory was taking Life Teen to play paintball. MaryAnn was a pro while I was god-awful. Out of the game within the first minute every time. Naturally Rick reminded me of it only about a hundred times.

We will always miss him. God Bless, Rick.

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Just one of many great times with My Brutha!

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One of the kindest souls on this earth who lived his daughters to the moon and back. A great guy with a fun sense of humor. I will miss you at the Super Bowl parties. You always baked the best apple pie! WWII weekend will not be the same. Never did get to swing dance with you. Hope you and Sulli are having a laugh or two in heaven. You are definitely missed here on earth. ❤️

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My wife Criss and I send our deepest sympathies to all of Rickey's friends and family.
He was one of the handiest guys I knew, his work around his home and at the French Village at Reading Airport was amazing. He will be sorely missed, not only because of his skills but also because of the kind of person he was. Rest in Peace.

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I'm not someone who saw Rick frequently, but I feel I knew him well from the times I did see him. He was that genuine. And I feel that he was a warm, caring, helping, loving, moral, person, with an infectiously upbeat demeanor. No one is perfect, but I'm so happy to have known Rick. And sad to not have spent more time with him. Take this time to reflect, and plan more time with those like him!

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Rick has been a friendever since Diane and I started participating in the Reading WW II event.  Rick kidded me about being the Canadian pilot who always dropped in for breakfast.  Who can blame me, his creations in the kitchen matched his creativity in whatever task he set before him.  Rick was a gentleman and a friend. All of our lives have been made richer for having known Rick.

Adieu mon ami

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We go together like peas and carrots.  You were my Forrest and I was your Jenny.  You would say “You’ll always be my girl, Jen-Nay”.    So many years of great times we spent together.   Texting or calling all the time to fill each other in on the daily stuff.  I’ve never in my life had a closer friend.   I’m forever grateful for everything we shared.   So many more things we had planned to do together that we didn’t get to.   I’ll remember the many times we laughed till we couldn’t breathe and all the dumb stuff we’d say!   You were a wonderful father to your girls and the greatest friend.   We all miss you so much already.   Rest easy my friend.    And…I’ll ALWAYS  be your girl, Jenny.  ❤️ 

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I am sorry I could not make it home in time for your service. I hope the flowers turned out great. You left your mark on so many of us. I will miss seeing you around the village and especially on Saturday nights.

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