On October 20th we lost a very good man. Many knew him as "Mayor Dick", but I am proud to say that I knew him as my Uncle Dick. You don't find many genuine people in this world nowadays, but this man was. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. Not many can say that they accomplished as much as he did in his 56 years of life.
I have many fond memories of my uncle...
As a child I remember my Uncle Dick doing this "squeaky palm talking" thing he'd do for us. It would crack us up and no matter how many times we'd ask him to do it, he would. It was nice seeing him do it again for my girls. Brought back those fun times as a child when we would run past him and following us was that squeaky palm lol!
Every holiday you would walk into my grandma Ross's house to the sounds of people conversing, giggling kiddos running around, and you may even hear my gram's infamous laugh in the kitchen, but what sticks out the most is the familiar greeting from my Uncle Dick. He always sat in the same spot, which was right by the entry door.
You'd walk in and he genuinely seemed happy to see you and asked how you were. Holidays will never be the same now. Matt said that he will miss joking around with him about his love for Fords, because my uncle was known for his love for Chevy, but it always ended with "Well, at least it's made in the U.S.A."
When my mom passed 8 years ago, it was a silent visit in my dad's living room. We all just sat there in shock and confusion, but a sympathetic call from my Uncle Dick made that silence revolve into a conversation about how sweet he was to call and then the conversation topics followed. Just the thought that he was thinking of us and our well-being made us feel so good inside.
Even though his health wasn't the greatest, my aunt and uncle even made it to Alaina's 1st and Bella's 2nd birthday parties. It was such a pleasant surprise to see them there.
These are just a few memories. There are so many more and ALL of them are positive memories. I never recall him being in a bad mood, nor saying something negative. He was just an all around good guy. RIP Uncle Dick. We love and miss you!
Settlemire, Richard D. 56
Richard D. "Mayor Dick" Settlemire, 56, of Mars, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his home, after an illness. Born in Pittsburgh, Sept. 11, 1956, he was a son of R. Elaine Henry Settlemire, of Mars, and the late G. Dale Settlemire. He was a member of Crestview United Presbyterian Church, Callery, Pa. Also, he was a member of the John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM and a social member of the Mars VFW Post 7505. He was mayor of Mars for many years, and a retired sales manager from Westmoreland Supply in Hampton. Surviving are his wife, Kathy Ross Settlemire, whom he married Dec. 16, 1978; his mother, of Mars; two sons, R. Grant Settlemire and his wife, Stefanie, of Evans City, and Eric M. Settlemire, of Mars; a brother, Scott D. Settlemire, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; a sister, Toni K. Taylor, of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, Dylan, Lexie and Lily. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Crestview United Presbyterian Church, 210 Kline Ave., P.O. Box AA, Callery, PA 16024, with the Rev. Robert Goossen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township.