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Richard D. Kindig

January 18, 1930 ~ February 15, 2022 (age 92)


Richard D. Kindig, 92, of Fishing Creek Township, died Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 at his home. 

He was born January 18, 1930 in Stillwater, PA to John and Mildred Kindig.

Richard, a Korean War veteran served on the heavy cruiser, USS Albany, where he learned pipefitting. After serving his country he took this skill to Maryland, where he moved his family to and became a master plumber. Within a couple years he saw an opportunity in the suddenly booming real estate market, became a top salesman and then a branch manager for Steffey Realty, the leading firm in the state at the time.

At the age of 48, Richard tired of the hectic pace of the business and growing city and moved the family back to their Christmas tree farm in Columbia County to become a full-time farmer. They were active in the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Richard also served as the Fishing Creek Township supervisor for several years.

Richard was a founding member of the Bee Cellar Hunting Club and had a lifelong enjoyment of hunting and fishing. The family were members of the Zion United Church of Christ in Forks, PA of which he served on the consistory.

He was a gregarious man with many friends in both states and was cherished by his family. Richard is survived by his wife of 69 years, Colleen (formerly Cleaver of Forks), his sister Shirley McHenry and brother Robert, and his children: Kathleen Kindig and husband Tony Benechevitz, Elliott City, MD; Dale Kindig, Orangeville; Dean Kindig and his wife Margot King, Chestertown, MD; Terry Kindig and his wife Tammy, Orangeville; and Rebecca Fidrick and her husband Daniel, Berwick. His 8 grandchildren: Kelly Gallo, Erin O’Handley, Hannah West, Linda Foreman, Devon Fidrick, Laurel Fidrick, Emily Kerschner, and Lane Kindig. And 9 great-grandchildren. 

Richard is preceded in death by his daughter Kay, brothers Ken and Roy, and sister Vivian.

Under the care of Geisinger Hospice, Richard passed away at his beloved home that he built with his family in Pealertown.

Services to be held at Zion UCC will be limited to family. The McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., Benton is honored  to serve the Kindig Family.  For online condolences or for additional information, please visit our website:

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