Richard Norman DeLuca, 80, of Fort Myers Beach, FL, passed away on March 2, 2017. He was born on September 1, 1936, to Evaristo and Isolena DeLuca in Detroit, MI.
After attending Redford High School in Detroit, Richard went on to serve in the United States Air Force. He was a quick study when it came to languages – he learned Japanese while stationed in Japan, and he never forgot it!
Richard met Louise Wegrzynowicz while he was stationed at Benton Air Force Station in Red Rock, and they married in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1961. They enjoyed their early married life in New York City, where Richard worked as an electrician. He loved to tell stories about what it was like to live in the city during that time, about the buildings he worked in, the jobs he did, and the fun they had living near their siblings at the time.
After a few years Richard and Louise moved to the Detroit area to settle down and start a family. They bought their first home in Franklin, MI, and Richard went to work at Ford Motor Company’s Wixom Assembly Plant. Richard had a successful career there, moving up through the ranks to eventually become the supervisor of maintenance. As technology advanced, so did his knowledge, including learning robotics as the assembly line became more automated. Once, a security guard was asked if “Dick” DeLuca was in today. He responded, “The line is running – of course he is!”
Richard had a passion for cars, trucks and anything on wheels, especially Fords and Lincolns. He also loved camping, hunting, boating and fishing, and he enjoyed his retirement on Fort Myers Beach.
Richard is survived by his daughters Rochelle Lynn (Tim) Kolankiewicz and Nicole Janna (Robert) Serrano, his two granddaughters Rikki and Isaleena, and his brothers Alfred and Raymond. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, brother Victor and sister Louise.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. March 9, 2017 in the chapel at St. Mary’s Church of the Maternity Cemetery in West Wyoming, PA. A memorial celebration of Richard’s life in Florida will be held from 8-11 a.m. March 12, 2017 at Bonita Bill’s, Fort Myers Beach, FL.
Condolences may be left online at www.HodgesNaplesMG