Richard D. Nyman, 93

Richard Duer Nyman was called home by his Lord and Savior Saturday January 28, 2023 at the age of 93. He was born in Gilbertsville to the late C. Duer & Sarah (Johnson) Nyman. He is survived by his beloved wife Jeannette E. (Hoppes) Nyman of 71 years, Rodney A. Nyman, Peggy C. Wash, Dennis G. Nyman, partner of Lisa Miller Nellius, Trudy L. Durante, wife of David Durante and Sharon K. Stofflet, wife if Richard Stofflet, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, whom he loved all very dearly. He is also survived by a sister Mary (Tutty) Kolarz, wife of Frank (Butch), and David Nyman, husband of June. He was predeceased by his brother Robert "Buckskin" Nyman.

Richard was the epitome of a father. His life was his wife, his family and his work. Richard went by many nick names, Bud, Olly, Oliver, but mostly known as Bud or Uncle Bud to nieces and nephews.

“Jack-of-all-trades”, Richard could do it all. Serving in the armed forces, he started his skills as a mechanic. He served in Korea for 2 years, and received an honorable discharge in 1956. He started a 30-year career with Bethlehem Steel in Pottstown in 1949, retiring from the plant in Lehigh Valley in 1980. During a 161-day strike, Richard worked for David Brunner plastering and working on farm equipment, which catapulted him into his second 40-year career, after his retirement from Bethlehem Steel, working for Edward C. Peterson, turning old homes and barns into apartments, and retiring at 85 ½ in 2014. He COULD do anything, teaching his kids, or anyone who was interested, the “how to” and “why's” of mechanics. He was a mechanic, at heart, and not resigned to vehicles. He could fix washing machines, heaters, clocks, Anything!

In 1976, he and his family survived a house fire. Richard took time off to rebuild his home, serving as General Contractor, doing much of the construction himself with the help of many family and friends. He lived in this home until his death, and it is still the center of all family gatherings.

Richard was a life member of Grace Chapel, a devoted Christian with strong Christian beliefs. Richard also loved hunting, spending many years hunting in local fields for small game and going to Potter and Tioga counties for deer, spending time with family and dear friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11:00AM at Grace Chapel (1130 Mega Lane, Gilbertsville, PA, 19525) with Mike Miller officiating. A viewing will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 6:00-8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home (1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525). A viewing will also be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10:00-11:00AM at Grace Chapel. Burial will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Bayada Hospice, or Grace Chapel and mailed to Trudy Durante, 2345 Holly Drive, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 in Richard’s name.

Add My Condolences

My sincere condolences to the entire Nyman family. Pop was a good man and I know he will be missed by all.

~ Jim Carrill
2/4/2023 10:59:59 PM

Heaven received another awesome, amazing father! My love and prayers to an amazing loving family. Love you all, Cheri

~ Cheri
2/4/2023 6:40:21 AM

Sincere condolences to Denny and family on the loss of your Dad… He was quite a remarkable person…God Bless you all.

~ Randy & Donna Bailey Kutztown, PA
2/3/2023 7:24:48 PM

I knew Bud and Charley from visiting my father, and they are part of my past. If there's an afterlife, Bud will still be a good person and happy.

~ Judy Peterson Wright
2/2/2023 6:59:08 PM

My deepest sympathies to the Durante Family. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this difficult time.

~ Lynn Moritz Limerick, PA
2/2/2023 8:32:31 AM

We would like to extend our sincere condolences for your loss. Richard will be missed by all. His laugh, his guttural voice and always taking the time for a conversation. He is once again whole with our Father in Heaven. God’s peace be with you all.

~ Bob & Tami Kifer
2/2/2023 7:00:56 AM

Never forget the trip to Montana for Tyler's graduation and visiting Yellowstone where he NEEDED to cross the busy mountain road to see the view. He moved with wings on his feet and family at his heels. Thank you for your spirit and joy.

~ Alex S Hess Boyertown, PA
2/1/2023 3:08:14 PM

My sincerest condolences and my deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow.My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time.

~ Oliver I.Wohlstadter DOUGLASSVILLE, PA
2/1/2023 12:25:24 PM

So sorry for your loss ????

~ Tiffany Hoffman Coplay, Pa
2/1/2023 11:55:01 AM

My deepest condolences to your family.

~ Melanie LeVan Boyertown, PA
1/31/2023 6:35:44 PM

Dear Trudy and family I am so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

~ Shawnee Keglovits Northampton, PA
1/31/2023 4:51:01 PM

Dear Peggy,
We are so sorry for your loss. Lawson and I send our love and prayers to you as you grieve for your father.

~ Joanne Sherman
1/31/2023 4:28:06 PM

Wishing the Durante family the best during this difficult time. What a life Richard had to celebrate! What a family! Sending hugs, thoughts and prayers. He is with God now ??

~ Gena Petrunyak Providence, RI
1/31/2023 2:56:03 PM