Richard E. Lannen, 87, Tyrone, formerly of Tipton, went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday evening at Epworth Manor, Tyrone.
He was born in Tyrone, son of the late Harry and Martha (McNeal) Lannen. He married Jolene G. Taylor on June 15, 1949, at First Methodist Church, Bellwood.
Surviving are his wife, whom he dearly loved; two sons: Richard L. (Kaye) of Tipton and James (Lisa) of St. Leonard, Md.; two daughters: Dixie E. Myers of Tyrone and Diana L. (Ken) Bartlebaugh of Tipton; five grandchildren: Jason, Travis, Angela, Rick and Kathy; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers: Jim of Sinking Valley, William "Earl" of Philipsburg and David in Ohio; and a sister, Darlene Williams of Tyrone.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: Delbert, Paul and Ken; and a son-in-law, John Myers III, on Dec. 1, 2001.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a driver for Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in the Philippine Islands. He retired as an auto body specialist and taught auto body class at the Altoona Area Vo-Tech School. He attended Bible Baptist Church, Tyrone, and was a member of the Tyrone VFW.
Richard enjoyed fishing, bowling and pitching horseshoes. He was an avid fan of the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates and Penn State football. He loved his grand-dogs: Hannah and Messiah.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood, Pastor Ken Patterson officiating. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park, Antis Township.
The family suggests that contributions in Richard's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).