Monday, January 15, 2018

Richard A. Lentz

Wellsville, NY - Richard A. Lentz, 77, of 37 Williams Avenue passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House following a brief illness. He was born on December 10, 1940 in York, PA, the son of Abraham N. and Mildred (Herman) Lentz. On November 5, 1960 in Corpus Christi, TX he married Sharon L. Pohl who predeceased him on June 1, 1998.

Richard was a graduate of York High School and was veteran of the U. S. Navy, from 1958 to 1967, serving aboard the USS. Saratoga. He moved to Wellsville in 1967 and was employed as a Manufacturing Engineer for Dresser-Rand Corporation. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, and the Wellsville Music Boosters. Richard enjoyed riding his scooter around town and for coffee in the morning at the Texas Hot.

He is survived by two sons, Gary W. (Meg) Lentz of Marietta, GA., and Ross A. (Yuan) Lentz of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Zach, Anna, and Emily Lentz; one sister, Amelita (Lee) Cunningham of York, PA.; a longtime companion and special friend, Nina Buchanan; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon, and his parents, Abraham and Mildred.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held the conclusion of calling, at 1 pm, with Pastor Carl Knitter presiding. Internment, with military honors, will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Gary and Ross,
    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I remember your parents watching me while my parents were away with the marching band, before I was old enough to join the marching band. I hope they knew how much of a wonderful time that I had with them and that were greatly appreciated for all that they did for our family. May he be happy and with your mom now.

  2. I am so sorry to hear the passing of "Dickie Bird". We worked together at Dresser-Rand for many years & we were friends. He always enjoyed trying to sneak up & try to scare me at work...& did more than once! Dick humor & bright personality could always bring sunshine to everyone he came across. My most sincere sympathies & my thoughts & prayers are with the family. He was a dear friend & will be missed.

    Barbara Ceglia

  3. I am so very sorry to hear of Rick's passing, I met Rick and your family when I used to come to do your mom's hair and help out with you boys, Rick has always remained a good friend, I will miss his contagious smile, prayers for your family and Nina