Richard F. Wallen66, worked in fire apparatus industry

By on December 7, 2011

Richard "Dick" F. Wallen, 66, of Lititz, formerly of Horseheads, N.Y., died peacefully Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at his residence after battling COPD for many years.

Born in Millville, N.J., he was the son of the late Maxfield and Sylvia Shaw Wallen. He was married to Susan Eichorn Wallen for 28 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters: Stephanie Wallen-Fort, wife of Chris Fort, of Logan Twp. N.J.; Gaye, wife of John Pieters, of Swedesboro, N.J.; five grandchildren: Nicholas, Bennett, Emma, Jessa and Jack; a brother: Gary, husband of Julie Wallen, of Millville, N.J.; his mother-in-law: Josephine W. Eichorn, of Hammondsport, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law: Thomas, husband of Maryanne Eichorn, of Pittsburgh; and James, husband of Cornelia Eichorn, of Akron, Ohio; a cousin: Jeffery, husband of Darlene Zimmerman, of Lititz; several nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends.

Dick dedicated his life to the fire apparatus industry. He graduated from Temple University and the University of Dayton with a degree in engineering. He worked for American LaFrance, LTI and Saulsbury Fire Apparatus in various capacities including engineering, technical support and sales. He grew up in the Millville Fire Department, of which his father and brother were members. Dick was a member of the Horseheads and Lititz fire departments. Dick was also a fire instructor for the State of New York. He collected fire memorabilia and participated in fire musters. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and vacationing at Keuka Lake, N.Y.

Dick’s life celebration service was held at Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, on Dec. 3. Private interment was held at the convenience of the family.

The family has requested that any contributions be made to Cumberland County Fire/Rescue Training Academy, Cumberland County Fire Training Donation, 637 Bridgeton Ave., Bridgeton, NJ 08302 or to your local fire department, in Dick’s memory.

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