Richard “Rich” W Slentz went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 30th at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by family. “He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21
He was born Oct 11, 1958 to Richard O and Gladys Rackmyer Slentz in Circleville, Ohio.
His growing up years were spent in St. Johnsville, NY, until the age of 14 when his family moved to Edmeston, NY. He graduated from Edmeston Central School in 1978, and lived at home for a short time until moving to his beloved Binghamton. He was a house painter and also worked at various jobs in & around Binghamton.
Rich served the Lord in Manhattan during the 9/11 cleanup and recovery efforts, working with many churches. Rich also spent several years in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina with Rock Harbor Celebration Church in 2006-2007. Known as “The Ironman,” by his fellow teammates, they were always inspired by Rich’s story. The team always went to Rich for construction wisdom, as Rich was famous for taking down rooms in minutes.
Rich was a free spirit kind of person and one never knew where he was traveling to. He loved the Lord, his family and fishing and there might have been a toss up between family & fishing during trout season. He thought opening day of trout season should have been a holiday.
Rich’s health started to deteriorate in April when he was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. It was then that he moved back to Edmeston to his brother and sister-in-law’s home to be with family and to be closer to Bassett Hospital. He fought a brave fight to the end.
Rich loved fishing, the New Orleans Saints and New York Knicks, chocolate crème pie, BBQs, Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl. Did we mention he loved fishing?
He leaves his mother Glady Slentz, his sister Alta VanVranken (John); and his brother John Slentz (Heidi), whose home he lived in; his nieces
Elizabeth Blackwell (Ben), Emily Shafer (Chris), Jenna Terry (Joseph), and Jacqueline Slentz, his nephew Joel Slentz; his great nieces Martina
Blackwell, Zoe Shafer and LeeAnn Terry and his great nephews Gabriel and Josiah Blackwell; his aunt Barbara Wheeldon, and his aunt Nancy and uncle Bernard Whitaker, and numerous cousins. He also leaves his dear extended family with whom he spent many years with, Howard & Brandy Colburn and their son Kallan of Norwich, NY.
His father Richard O. Slentz, his uncle Roger Slentz, his cousin Troy Slentz, his aunt Rebecca Gutshall, and his aunt Rachel Carlson predeceased him.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 11am with calling hours 1 hour prior at 10am, at Burlington Flats Baptist Church, with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.
Internment will be April 1st, the opening day of trout season.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.