Richard L. Mauger, 64

PIPERSVILLE, Pa. -- Richard L. Mauger of Pipersville died on Friday, May 4, 2007, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was 64 and the beloved husband of M. Arlene Mauger.

Born in Coaldale, Richard was a son of the late Leroy and Miriam Mauger.

He was a graduate of Council Rock High School in Bucks County and Trenton (N.J.) Junior College.

Richard was employed for 40 years with Verizon in Trenton.

He served 20 years in the Army National Guard and attained the rank of sergeant first class. He drove in presidential motorcades and worked on the Battleship New Jersey.

Richard enjoyed auctions, car and motorcycle shows and events, museums and travel. He was a musician and history enthusiast and an Armory volunteer. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. Richard was always willing to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, John Christopher, Richard Brian, and Gregory Allen Mauger; daughters-in-law, Tracy May, Jennifer Dawn, and Jennifer Leigh Mauger; three grandchildren, Ashley May, Kyle John, and Amber Mary Mauger; and a sister, Elizabeth Mauger.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral service on Saturday (May 12) at 11 a.m. at Shelly Funeral Home, Easton Road and Kellers Church Road in Plumsteadville, Pa., where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Interment will be private.

If desired, memorials in Richard’s name may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, c/o Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

What can one say when informed of the passing of a friend?  My prayers are with Arlene and his family, which extends to the 63rd Army Band.  Dick was one of the first persons I met after joining the Army Band, and I knew I was in for a good time.  We played in the band, had many Friday night 'adjustments' at Edgar's, rode motorcycles and shared a trip to Daytona.  Dick, I miss you already - the Band Lunch events will not be the same.  Godspeed, my friend.  John Garner

John and Dick at Daytona Bike Week - March, 1994

Nick Perone and Dick MaugerJuly, 1989

I remember sharing many wonderful times with Dick at Guard drills. Between him, Danny Keller, Jack Johansen, Ron Miller, and Bill Saltern, my face would be hurting by the end of the weekend from laughing so hard at their antics.

One of my first memories I have of Dick was him telling me during lunch in the mess hall about how he judged the quality of the food by how well he could make a sandwich out of whatever it was they served. And then he proceeded to put turkey and gravy between two slices of white bread and eat it as I stared at him in disbelief.

Not matter what happened at drills, I never saw Dick upset with anyone or at anything. He always maintained his cool regardless of what went on behind the scenes. Whenever I felt frazzled he knew just what to say to get me back on track.

If there had to be a job that we unanimously consider a “classic” it would be the Pulaski Skyway Rededication that we played in 1978. In the photo Dick is sitting on the end of the first row playing  bari  sax. Also visible in the first row are Nick Perone, me, and  Tom Flocco . In the back row, Danny Keller, Jack Johansen, and Bill Saltern are visible. Directing the band is Stan Lewandowski.

That job will never be forgotten and neither will Dick.

God Bless you, Dick and may you rest in peace.   Carol Richters

Pulaski Skyway Rededication 1978

It is hard to believe that another 63rd member has fallen. As the newest commander, I did not have the honor of serving with Dick. I remember his dedication to the unit as a retiree and seeing him at the band's concerts. He was always happy and made sure those around him were happy also. Looking back at old pictures of the band you can see him laughing and others around him laughing as well. I do remember how Jay would talk about the "old" times and the band. I guess heaven has one more musician to add to the band- I know Jay would be welcoming him with open arms.

CW2 Durinda Garrison

Dear John:

I'd like you to let the people on your Web Site know how pleased I was to see such a show of friends and love for Dick Mauger. Better yet that our retires traveled great distances with their spouses in most cases to pay their respects. The ceremony put on by Dick Pinter and his partner was precise, fitting, and beautiful. The taps were eye watering and Dick Mauger and his family deserved it. As for our luncheons I think we should start calling it our Memorial luncheon for all those that have passed during the beginning of its inception. It was a wonderful way to stay together as a group or as they would say "Band of Brothers" to carry the tradition and the word of the 63rd indefinitely.

As we are dwindling I'd like to see more new and old faces come out and support this function while having some good food, spirits, and conversation.

Thanks you so much,
1st Sergeant Rich Fiore, USA Ret.