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Richard Emery Molnar

June 11, 1940 - December 16, 2023

U.S. Veteran

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Richard “Sarge” Emery Molnar, age 83 and a longtime Scranton resident, passed away Saturday afternoon at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center where he was considered an absolute celebrity by the center’s staff.
On May 16, 2005, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years, Marilyn (Burnett) Molnar.
Born in Dunmore on June 11, 1940, Sarge was the son of the late Emery and Mary (Yurchak) Molnar. After attending Dunmore High School, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, graduating from Army Business School before achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to his honorable discharge from service. While stationed all over the world, his tours included three stops in Germany where he had also began raising his children. Prior to his retirement, he worked for 26 years as a supervisor for the former Auto Paint World in Scranton.
Sarge will long be remembered in so many ways. A dirt track racer while in Germany, he then became a die-hard NASCAR fan. He loved fishing, rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was also a bowler on the local league circuit, teaming up with Marilyn at Idle Hours Bowl. His humor was unforgettable and he truly was a great Dad and an amazing Pop to his beloved grandchildren.
He is survived by loving family, including his daughter, Terry Wachholz of Scranton; 9 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and a great great grandchild; siblings, Mary Ellen Jellock of Mt. Cobb and Virginia Holeva and husband Lawrence of Dickson City; and many nieces and nephews. A son, Richard Molnar; and a brother, Eugene Molnar, also preceded him in death.
His family would like to thank the entire staff of Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for five years of kindness, compassion and unconditional love.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Thursday at 10:15 AM from the the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson St., in West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor. Burial with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at Holy Family Cemetery in Throop.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the funeral home on Wednesday between 4-7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to either the Wounded Warrior Project c/o P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or to Veteran’s Promise c/o 737 Main St, Dickson City, PA 18519.