Richard G. Valentine, 88, worked at Garden Spot Auto Auction, enjoyed fishing, hunting

By on February 24, 2016

Richard G. Valentine, 88, of Lititz, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the VA Hospice Unit in Lebanon.

He was the husband of Virginia Carol (Zablocky) Valentine, with whom he celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary Aug. 21. He was born in Bellport, Long Island, N.Y., son of the late Thomas and Evelyn (Herne) Valentine.

He was a member of New Beginnings Brethren in Christ Church in Ephrata. He was a sheriff at the Suffolk County Prison, Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y.; and changed his career to work at Northville Industries, Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y., until his retirement. Upon moving to Lancaster County, he worked at Garden Spot Auto Auction in Ephrata.

He loved to be on or near the water, whether it was on a boat or sitting on a dock. He loved to fish, crab, and dig for clams. He also loved to hunt for duck, geese, or quail and always had his hunting dogs with him. We will always remember him with his dry sense of humor and his beautiful blue eyes.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter: Christina Carol (Valentine) Arthur, Oxford; one son: Richard George (Allyson S.) Valentine, Newport; five grandchildren: David Arthur, Ellie Arthur, Briana Valentine, Olivia Valentine; Fred (Renee) Hunt; one great-grandson: Joshua Hunt.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Patricia Christine Valentine.

Services were held Feb. 21 at New Beginnings Church, Ephrata, with Pastor Joseph Hyatt officiating. Private interment was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Mount Joy, at a later date.

Furman’s Funeral Home, Leola, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at FurmanFuneralHome.com.

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