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Eagle Scout - Richard B. Schealer - 1942
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Richard Burns Schealer
22 September 1924 – 19 October 2013
Born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, the youngest of nine children,
to Franklin and Sallie Schealer, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and
great grandfather left this mortal life as the result of a stroke to walk with His Lord Master on
Saturday, 19 October, at 12:45 pm.
Dick shared 63 wonderful years of marriage with his soul
mate and true love, Nancy (McNey) Schealer.
They have six children, 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Richard Schealer was raised in the southeast portion of
Pennsylvania, less than 100 miles from Philadelphia. In high school he trained in cross-country
but his greatest passion was scouting, earning his Eagle Scout designation in
1942. He continued this passion into
adulthood and served in almost every capacity as a scout, being an Assistant
Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Neighborhood Commissioner, Assistant District
Commissioner, District Commissioner and Explorer Post Leader. A natural inventor, Richard’s first invention
was a dive helmet created from a milk can, then he later invented a hinge in a
casket factory where he worked, and an underwater dive air compressor that he
fabricated and used on his own dive expeditions during WW II.
Richard enlisted in the United States Navy during World War
II where he was assigned to a Carrier Aircraft Service Unit which deployed
to the south Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan. There Richard discovered the amazing undersea
world of the Pacific reefs. There, before
the patent of the SCUBA diving gear by Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagan,
Richard Schealer was diving on the south Pacific reefs. Transfixed by the astonishing, natural
beauty, Richard Schealer became a lifelong diver extraordinaire, exploring the undersea
world off the coasts of over 15 countries worldwide and leading a SCUBA diving
Explorer Scout Post. Ultimately, Richard
would design the ventilation system of one of only four operating undersea
habitats in the world in 1997 and there would earn his Aquanaut Certification
by completing a 24 hour mission underwater in the habitat he helped design and
Immediately after his discharge from the US Navy, Dick
married Nancy McNey of Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Thereupon Dick attended Penn State University where he earned his degree
in Mechanical Engineering in 1955. After
graduation, he was employed by the Glenn L. Martin Company as a test flight
engineer. In 1966 Dick made the jump to
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration assigned to the John F.
Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His KSC career spanned 25 years and included
work on the Gemini, Apollo, Spacelab, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle and the Space
Shuttle Orbiter launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Dick earned the prestigious Silver Snoopy
award from the NASA Astronaut Corps for his outstanding work as a NASA
Dick and Nancy enjoyed a robust travel itinerary, visiting
more than 26 countries around the world.
On the following pages, please
enjoy the witness and the heartfelt sentiments of those who have known and
loved him best!
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