Richard D. Mauk

Richard D. “Dick” Mauk, 89, St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Altoona, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Oak Manor Nursing Home, Largo, Fla., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late John S. and Margaret (Shaal) Mauk. He was twice married, first to Lois E. Kochenderfer and then to Vivian Braun, both of whom preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sons: Larry R. and wife, Connie, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Robert A. and wife, Sherry, of Hollidaysburg; a daughter, Sherry L. Bennett and husband, Rell, of Trenton, Fla.; three grandchildren: Larry R. Mauk Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, and Dawn Renee Benz and husband, Darrell, all of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jason P. Mauk and wife, Jamie, of Altoona; eight great-grandchildren: Brandan Benz, Brittany Benz, Madyson Mauk and Anthony Mauk, all of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jackson Mauk, Jacob Mauk, Josiah Mauk and Joseph Mauk, all of Altoona; and a sister, Marguerite McCloskey and husband, Jim.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: J. Preston and Robert P.; and a grandson, Robert A. Mauk Jr.

Dick was a graduate of Altoona High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, having participated in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes and Central Europe. He retired as a meat cutter at Swift Meatpacking Co. in Tampa, Fla., where he was also a union steward.

Dick was a member of Hiram Lodge 616, F&AM, American Legion and VFW. He was a model train enthusiast and also loved building model airplanes.

Services were held in Florida.