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Richard E. Pauling Jr., 65, of Jefferson Street, Northumberland, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family, following a brave battle with prostate cancer.

Richard was born April 16, 1952, in Williamsport, a son of the late Richard E. and Viola (King) Pauling. On April 3, 1976, he married the former Donna R. Honabach who survives him.

Mr. Pauling was a 1970 graduate of Williamsport High School and later received his associate degree in broadcast journalism from Williamsport Area Community College.

He served in the Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand and was honorably discharged on Nov., 26, 1976. He was employed as a senior classroom/event support specialist and project leader for Bucknell University and retired May 1, 2017, after 29 years of service. During his tenure there, he especially enjoyed mentoring student employees.

Richard was a member of the Huntersville United Methodist Church and most recently a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ, Lewisburg.

He was fascinated by electronics and had a fondness for antique radios and clocks. Richard had an eclectic love of music and a collection of vinyl records that he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. He also found joy in landscaping his home and traveling.

He was very proud to have contributed to prostate cancer research by participating in two clinical trials during his illness at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, as well as making further contributions posthumously.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Richard is survived by two daughters, Melanie R. Ellis and husband Timothy Jr., of Huntersville, and Melissa E. Pauling and partner Matthieu Vinel, of Paris, France; one son, Bryan P. Pauling and partner William Ruiz, of Greece, N.Y.; one grandson, Nathaniel J. Winter, of Huntersville; two step-grandchildren, Timothy Ellis III, stationed in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Maddison Wilkerson, of Smithport; one sister and brother-in-law, Jane Kay and William E. Klees Sr., of Montoursville; one brother and sister-in-law, William S. and Nancy Pauling, of Fairfax Station, Va., and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. with his nephew, Pastor William Klees Jr. officiating.

To honor his memory, and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Richard Pauling Memorial Fund, c/o Northumberland National Bank, 245 Front St., Northumberland, PA 17857. Monies collected will be used to establish a fund to help students in achieving their higher education goals, as he did during his time mentoring student employees at Bucknell.
Published on May 19, 2017
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