Richard P. “Dick” Reschke, of Syracuse, was called Home to the Lord on April 30th. A longtime communicant of Holy Family Parish in Fairmount, “Dick”, as he was known by many, was a kind soul with a rapier wit who enjoyed bowling and golf, his daily scratch-off tickets, and Publishers Clearing House contests. He prayed the Rosary daily throughout his life. He vacationed over 15 winters with his wife in Florida. Dick was 92, and was married to his wife Patricia for nearly 62 years.
Dick grew up on the north side of Syracuse, the only son of Andrew and Beatrice Reschke of Willumae Dr. He attended Christian Brothers Academy and graduated from Le Moyne College in 1951. After a brief enlistment in the U.S. Army (which he called the “War of Virginia Beach”), he devoted over 34 years of service to Graybar Electric, eventually completing his time with Graybar as the branch manager in Portland, Maine. After his retirement, he spent two years as an independent consultant in the utility/electrical industry, and over 20 years as a security guard for the New York State Fair.
Dick is predeceased by his two sisters, Erdine (Paul) Leskoske and Marilyn (Joseph) Jackson; and a sister in-law, Gloria (Timothy R., DDS) Gallivan, all long-time Syracuse residents.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Simmons Reschke; son, Michael (Beth) Reschke of Satellite Beach, FL; daughter, Kathleen (David) Reschke-Newmiller of Syracuse; nieces, Maureen Gallivan of Camillus, Susan (Paul) Shubmehl of Syracuse, Patricia Jackson of Syracuse, MaryBeth Donovan of Cicero, and Eileen (Jon) Bok of Cary, NC; nephew, Mark (Joanne) Leskoske of Liverpool; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand-nieces, and a great-grand-nephew.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 8th at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5341 West Genesee St., Camillus. A Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9th at Holy Family Church, Fairmount, followed by entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Dick’s behalf to Boys Town (support.boystown.org) or Covenant House of Syracuse (https://ny.covenanthouse.org/). For those who choose to send flowers, please limit any flowers to roses only due to family allergy concerns.