Richard (Dick) Schwalb
Sunday, January 17, 2021


Richard (Dick) Schwalb, 85, of Clayton, DE, died on Sunday January 17, 2021 at Bayhealth Hospital, Dover, DE after a very long illness.

Richard was born 27 June 1935 in Salamanca, NY, son of the late Vera Cushner.

Richard was raised in the Little Valley, NY area, and at the age of 17 left school and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He received his basic training at Sampson AFB, NY. At the completion of basic training, he was stationed at Dover AFB, DE for four years during the Korean War, with the 46th Fighter Interception Squadron. During his military time at Dover AFB, Richard completed his high school education, and received his GED. At the end of his enlistment, with the rank of A1C, he returned to New York State for a short period of time. Richard returned to New Castle, DE and enlisted in the DE Air National Guard (DANG), and spent nine years with DANG. He left the Guard with the rank of TSgt, to become a long-haul tractor-trailer driver. He was a driver for Delaware Express Trucking Co., Elkton, MD. Richard drove many, many years and was so very proud he had never had an accident.

While working as a truck-driver, Richard returned to part-time military duty with the U.S. Navy Reserves at the age of 52. Richard was stationed at Lewes, DE, and then Norfolk, VA. He retired from the Navy Reserves at the age of 59 in 1994 with the rank of SK1.

He retired from Delaware Express in 1997. After a short period of retirement, he worked for several other trucking companies as a part-time driver, with the last employment with the Delaware Dept. of Corrections, as a supply driver. He left the DOC in 2010 for medical reasons.

Richard was a member of the Fleet Reserve Branch #309, in New Castle County during 1997-1998. He held the position of Secretary for a period of time.

Richard was a member of the American Legion Post #14, Smyrna, DE, in 2002, holding the position of Chaplain. He was the Emcee and Coordinator for the first 9-11 Memorial Service held in Smyrna on Sept. 11, 2002. At the time of death, he was a member of American Legion Post #2, Dover, DE.

Richard was a member and Commander of the Korean War Veterans Assoc., Chapter 3, Kent County in 2004.

Richard became a member of the Citizens Hose Co. 1 Fire Co., Smyrna, DE as a Fire Policeman. He was awarded the “Fire Fighter of the Year” in 2006.

He held the position of 1st Vice President of the Kent County Fire Police Assoc. in 2010-2011, and became President of the KCFP in 2012-2013. Due to health issues, he was unable to proceed further up in the organization and retired from Fire Police duties at the end of 2013.

While Richard was living in New Castle, DE, he was an active member of the Wilmington Manor Fire Co.

Prior to the severe medical conditions that started in 2003, Richard enjoyed traveling in his motor home. He loved Southern Gospel music and loved being able to attend the yearly Gospel Music shows at Blue Mountain, PA. Richard loved all things military, and loved going to the military air shows, with the US Navy Blue Angels or US Air Force Thunderbirds.

Richard loved everyone, and really enjoyed meeting new people. When you met Richard, you were immediately a friend. He met his long-time friend, Ray Mackie, Smyrna, DE while driving for Delaware Express and his long-time friend Roger Kelsey, Smyrna, DE, while attending church in Smyrna.

Richard is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carolyn Lake. He is also survived by his son Michael (Nancy) Jackson, of Liberty Township, OH; daughter Kim (Dan) Hall, of Chestertown, MD; and sons Jeff (Debra) Cushner, of Newark, DE, and Richard M. Cushner (Lisa), of Middletown, DE; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday January 23 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call at 1 PM. Burial will be privately held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

All in attendance must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and gathering protocols.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Ambulance 64, 900 Smyrna Clayton Blvd.,
Smyrna, DE 19977; or to Citizens Hose Co. #1, PO Box 97, Smyrna, DE 19977

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