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Richard D. Nicewonger

August 30, 1936 — July 11, 2023

Hockessin, DE

Richard Daniel Nicewonger, age 86, of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at The Summit Senior Living in Hockessin, DE.  Born in Olean, NY, he was the youngest child of Daniel Nicewonger and Mary (Ewing) Nicewonger of Punxsutawney, PA. Richard was predeceased by his parents and siblings (Wynona Barr, John Nicewonger, Mary Ananian, and Pearl Fulton).  

Richard served two years in the United States Navy (1955-1957). He was honorably discharged with the rank of Teleman Third Class.  Richard graduated from Taylor University, earning a BA in Social Science. He later graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Art in Government. 

Richard served twenty-six years in various positions for the state of New York. Upon retirement, he was working for the Office of State Comptroller as the Coordinator of Public Authority Programs. 

Richard was the husband of Judith G. Nicewonger. Richard and Judy met while at Taylor University. Married on August 18, 1962, they shared sixty years together. Richard was predeceased by his wife, Judith. Richard and Judy spent the majority of their lives in New Baltimore, NY. A large farmhouse and plenty of land to explore and roam was the perfect place to raise their family.  

Richard’s life was guided by a deep and abiding faith in the person of Jesus Christ. He worked to have that faith serve as a compass for how he moved through the world. Most recently, Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square. 

Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He loved gardening and, every summer, spent hours ensuring a bountiful harvest. At various times throughout his life, he raised chickens, rabbits, and an occasional beef cattle or two. He enjoyed good food and was always eager to sit down with family and friends for a meal. The Creekside Diner was a favorite. Richard was often smiling and quick with a laugh. He was able to laugh at himself and could light up a room with his smile. 

Richard is survived by his children, Daniel (Nancy), Philip (Faith), and Kevin (Meghan); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

You are invited to visit with Richard’s family and friends at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Union Hill Cemetery 424 N. Union St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. Contributions in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100).  To view his online obituary, please 

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