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Richard Douglas Sackett
January 3, 1939 ~ November 2, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Richard Douglas “Dick” Sackett passed away Nov. 2, 2023, surrounded by immediate family, at the Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, W.Va. He was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Smithfield, Pa.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Alberta, and their four children: Skip Sackett,
Lora Hornberger, Melissa Scoles, and Mollie Wilburn. Other survivors include seven grandchildren (Tiffany, Katrina, Joseph, Eryn, Thomas, Tristan and Lindsey) and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sackett was a U.S. Navy veteran, honorably serving from 1957 -1961 during the Vietnam War. During that time, he was a sailor aboard the crew of the USS Putnam (DD 757). After his discharge from the service, he spent much of his professional life as a Class A welder and Certified Welding Supervisor. He belonged to the Local 154 Boilermakers.
A lifelong lover of the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He also enjoyed woodworking and refurbishing furniture and attending auctions with his wife.
A private family service was held at the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home in Fairchance, Pa., on Sunday, Nov. 5.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family also wishes to thank everyone who reached out and helped in various ways during Mr. Sackett’s illness.