Richard Thoricht
Richard Leszek Thoricht
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 16, 1928
  • Place of birth:
    Lodz, Poland
  • Date of passing: Dec 23, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Let the memory of Richard be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Richard Thoricht, 85, born on January 16, 1928 and passed away peacefully on December 23, 2013 after battling Lewy Body Disease for the past two years.  He is in a much better place now and with our mother Barbara.  We will miss him dearly and love him immensely. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and support.  God bless Richard. 

Richard donated his brain to the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank to aid in the research of dementia diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Lewy Body Disease (LBD). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in his name be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association ( Lewy Body is one of the lesser-known dementias and further research on this disease is greatly needed.   For further information on donation mailing address or to make an online donation to LBDA, please go to:

Services for Richard Thoricht will be held on to be determined dates in 2014.  More details will be provided, as they are determined.  His ashes will be scattered with his wife Barbara's in the Gulf of Mexico and also buried next to her in Somerset, PA.  Some ashes will also be scattered on Catalina Island, CA.  

Born January 16, 1928 in Lodz Poland son of Otto and Anna (Generowicz) Thoricht. Preceded in death by parents, sister Eugenia (Thoricht) Schroder and loving wife Barbara (Emert) Thoricht whom he had been married to for 47 years.  Survived by his children Adrian Thoricht and wife Lourdes of Catalina Island CA, Heidi Thoricht-Miller and husband Michael of Dunedin FL; Karen Lentz of Gettysburg PA; son Michael Thoricht of Belleview FL; grandchildren Adam Thoricht and wife Casey, Jazmine Thoricht, Derek Lentz; step-grandchildren Meghan Miller, Melissa Moran and husband Brian; great-grandchild Brynn Thoricht; and step-great-grandchildren Kylie Clamon and Jackson Moran.

Richard came to the United States in 1957 as part of the Truman Displaced Persons Act, which helped to resettle thousands of Europeans displaced from their homes by World War II.  During the ages of 16-19, Richard was taken away from Poland and his mother to be shipped off to Russia (now Ukraine) where he spent his youth in civilian labor camps.  Upon arriving to the states, he was sponsored by the Geiger Church of the Brethren in Somerset PA where he later met his wife Barbara. 

After marrying, Richard and Barbara moved to Greencastle, PA where he worked at Mack Truck, Inc in Hagerstown, MD for 28 years before retiring in 1990.  In early 1990, he and his wife retired to Belleview, FL where he lived until moving into various retirement facilities in Palm Harbor FL in 2011. 

Richard was active in many sports.  Some of his favorite sports included bowling, ice hockey, golf, swimming and soccer.  He was on a bowling league in Waynesboro, PA for many years.  He had won numerous bowling trophies.   He enjoyed watching any kind of sports on TV.  His other favorite activity was playing cards.  He was always up for a game of cards and was still a sharp card player at the time of his passing.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Heidi Thoricht on 16th January 2014

"Missing you today on what would have been your 86th birthday.  Love and miss you Dad."

This tribute was added by Karen Lentz on 16th January 2014

"Lighting a candle today to honor dad on his birthday.  Dad you are greatly missed.  Love you   Karen"

This tribute was added by Stacy Winemiller on 6th January 2014

"Karen, this is a wonderful memorial for your dad.  He was quite an interesting man.  He was blessed to have you as a daughter.  You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace at this time.  Stacy"

This tribute was added by Mella DeNoma on 2nd January 2014

"Karen, Derek and Family,
My love and prayers are with you all.  Your Dad will always be in your heart and your memories.  Wishing you God's love and comfort now and always."

This tribute was added by Malinda Insley on 30th December 2013

"Karen,  I wish I could be there for you.  I know your father is finally happy to be reunited with your mother.  They will always guide you and Derek.  Stay strong."

This tribute was added by Harry Hartman on 30th December 2013

" thoughts and prayers go out to you and your son and your entire family on your loss. Remember the good times. God Bless."

This tribute was added by Pat Emert on 28th December 2013

"Ahhhh Richard, I am so going to miss hearing your accent and voice.  When you first started dating my sister, I remember I was somewhat scared and intimidated by it.  As I got older I became very curious about it and even wanted to learn another language and not just the Spanish we had in school, because of you.   Then as I grew older I became to love to hear it and especially when you laughed.  I am very grateful you were a part of my life and you allowed me to be part of yours.  I will miss hearing "Well 'sanks' for calling Patti.  Now enjoy time with friends and family, Love Ya, Pat"

This tribute was added by Samantha Elphick on 26th December 2013

"What a pleasure it was for me, a stranger, to get to know, interview and write the Memoir, "A Displaced Person", of a very unique man.

A man who loved his wife and family immensely;  a man whose work ethic I most admired; a selfless man. Richard Thoricht you have left huge footprints, your life experiences will forever contribute to the generations who follow. God Bless you as you proudly watch over your loving family ~ Samantha Elphick"

This tribute was added by Tammy Signor on 26th December 2013

"Thoughts and prayers to each of you in the loss of your father and grandfather.  Your memories will last a lifetime."

This tribute was added by Ashley Keller on 24th December 2013

"Missing you today, and always. May you watch over us with Aunt Barbara. Lots of love!  -Ashley"

This tribute was added by Karen Lentz on 24th December 2013

"Dad I will miss you very much.  I know you are at peace and with mom now.  Derek will miss you and loves you.  We know you will watch over us for years to come.  Love you   Karen"

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Heidi Thoricht
Karen Lentz


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