Richard Mellow Sr, 93, of Dickson City, died Thursday afternoon at the VNA Hospice of Geisinger CMC. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Emily Lark, who passed in 1995. His surviving wife is Shirley Jane Mellow.
Born in Archbald, he was the son of the late John and Vincenta Mellow. He graduated from Archbald High School and moved on to become a mine electrician for the Eddie Creek Mines. He was a member of Primitive Methodist Church in Dickson city. He resided the majority of his life in Dickson City having recently moved to Peckville.
As Richard gained more knowledge as an electrician, he decided to create his own electrical contracting company by the name of “Richard Mellow Electric” in Dickson City. Richard ran his very successful electrical company along with his two sons Jack and Richard for many years until retirement (1977). Establishing a business that is now active throughout Northeastern Pa and surrounding areas. Richard was always very active in the community, especially with the Eagle Hose Fire Company, he was the oldest member. Richard started his volunteer work back in 1944. At that time it was housed in the Borough building on Boulevard Ave. Richard was instrumental in getting the new fire house built at its present location, where it serves the borough in a much greater capacity. He has seen the Department grow from 1 truck to its present. He has served the fire department in all positions including Chief Engineer, Vice President and President. He was very active and responded to all calls until his illness.
Along with others Richard was a founder in 1959 of the Dickson City Ambulance Association and held many positions within the company.
He received the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award which was given for exceptional Volunteer service to the community. Mr. Mellow donated his monetary award to the Fire Department.
Also surviving are two sons; John, Blakely, Richard and wife Debbie, Dickson City, and Dawn Niemiec and husband David, MD; seven grandchildren Jeff and Lynn Mellow, Brian and wife Lauren, Marla Kegel and husband Bill, Marisa Mellow, Beth McAndrew and Lindsey Mellow, seven great grandchildren, Molly, David, Hailey, Bryce, Colin, Richard, and Kimberly; two step-children Anita May Bohn and Tony Joy.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mona Lee Mellow, two brothers, Sam and Fred, two sisters Mary O’Malley and Angelina Fife and a daughter in law, Kimberly Mellow.
The funeral will be Tuesday at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St. Peckville, PA with a blessing service at 7pm celebrated by Rev. Scott. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Tuesday from 3-6pm with a memorial service from Eagle Hose Company at 6pm. Please visit the funeral home’s website to order flowers or for online condolences.