Richard A. Messmer, 59, of Wellsboro, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Born in Philadelphia on December 12, 1959 to Robert and Claire (Gaffney) Messmer, Richard grew up in the Philadelphia area, and moved to Morris, PA spending his senior year at Liberty High School . Richard moved away and lived in several parts of the US, until he moved back to the area in the early 1990’s. On September 23, 1995 he married Jennifer J. Youmans. In 1997 he started his career with Blue Ridge Communications and continued his work there up to his death.
Richard was active in the Oregon Hill Grace Chapel/Mountain Top Grace Community, and served on the sound team and building committee. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Richard enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, learning Spanish, and oil painting. He was good at working with his hands and had renovated his whole house. He was fearless in facing challenges, and if confronted with something new, he’d learn how to do it.
Richard is survived by his wife: Jennifer Messmer; two sons: Dalton Messmer of Wellsboro and Joey Messmer of Elmira, NY; a daughter: Alyssa Messmer of Wellsboro; a brother Michael Messmer of Silver Springs, FL; two sisters: Kris Messmer Gock of Ocala, FL and Teri Messmer Hopwood of Liberty, PA; several nieces and nephews; and many, many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Richard’s life at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street Wellsboro, from 4-7pm Tuesday September 10, 2019, with a funeral service to follow at 7pm in the funeral home, Pastor Randy Martin officiating. Richard’s family will provide flowers. Those wishing to make a donation in Richard’s memory, are encouraged to remember the Building Fund at Oregon Hill Grace Chapel/Mountain Top Grace Community. Richard would have loved to see support of the endeavor. To share a memory or condolence with his family, visit www.tusseymosher.com
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