Richard W. Pihlblad, 74, of Warren, PA died Friday, August 3, 2012 in Warren General Hospital following an extended illness. Born June 10, 1938 in Jamestown, NY to the late Robert W. and Irene B. Erickson Pihlblad, he was a Warren Area resident most of his life. A 1956 graduate of Warren Area High School, Dick was a member of the school’s 55- 56’undefeated football team. He served in the National Guard as Master Sergeant for seven years. Dick was a parishioner at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church. He was an engineering graduate of Alliance College Technical School and was a graduate and teacher of the Dale Carnegie courses. He was employed for 45 years at Loranger’s Manufacturing as an engineer manager and product manager, focusing on tool and die design and engineering; he also executed the lucrative IBM account at the firm. Dick had been a CCD teacher and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Victory R.C. Church in Frewsburg, NY. He was a 3rd degree member of Warren Knights of Columbus Council and a member of the Warren Barbershoppers/ Conewango Clippers. In his leisure, Dick travelled the globe with his wife, with a special affinity to Maine, the ocean, Middle East and Mediterranean Europe. He loved all sports, but none more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also was an outdoors enthusiast having spent time boating at Chautauqua Lake, golfing, hunting and fishing. He was a gourmet cook who had a fantastic sense of humor. Dick had a special fondness for animals, especially his cat Sylvester. He had many friends who loved him.
He is survived by his wife – Phyllis Allamenciak Pihlblad, whom he married May 7, 1959 in Erie, PA; two daughters – Robin Susan Anderson and husband, Duane, and Wendy Ann Pihlblad Wilkins and husband, Rodney, all of Warren; three grandchildren – Rodney William Wilkins and wife, Makala, Mariah Alyssa Allen and Arick Edward Allen, all of Warren; two great grandchildren – Shayla Jo Wilkins and Wyatt Wilkins, all of Warren; and several friends.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. 304 East St, Warren, PA 16365 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday, August 7, 2012 where a Vigil Service will be observed at 7:45 PM with Monsignor John Lucas, Pastor of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:00AM Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell St, Warren, PA 16365 with Msgr. Lucas officiating. Private interment is in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to St Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th St, Erie, PA 16505. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.