Richard F. “Rich” Farich, 79 of Washington, formerly of Yukon, PA died Saturday-September 8, 2018 at 12:46 p.m. at the Washington Hospital. He was born November 14, 1938 in Yukon the son of the late Matthew & Bertha Persin Farich. Mr. Farich was a 1956 graduate of South Huntingdon High School and was Catholic by faith. He served in the United States Army & Air National Guard from 1962 until 1967. He was employed for 39 ½ years as an Engineering Specialist for Westinghouse Science & Technology Center until his retirement.
Mr. Farich enjoyed boating, camping and fixing old cars and trucks. He was known as a mechanical genius and a perfectionist. He could fix anything. Mr. Farich was also a great teacher of auto mechanics, a great story teller and a wonderful family man who loved people. No one was a stranger to him and he made friends easily.
Mr. Farich held many patents within his work. He was a world leader in the area of specialty optical grinding and polishing of exotic materials. He was a member of the Moose Lodge # 22. Mr. Farich was also very proud of his Croatian Heritage.
On June 20, 1998 he married Shirley K. Krehel who survives. Also surviving are his children; Michael L. Farich of South Huntingdon, Jill (Tod) Oblak of Pittsburgh and John R. Farich of California, a sister; Becky Bobich of Jacobs Creek, PA, 5 grandchildren; Matthew Farich, Nicholas Farich, Samuel Farich, Merideth Farich and Emily Oblak.
Mr. Farich is also survived by his loyal companion; “Ryder” the family cat who will miss him dearly.
In addition to his father and mother, Mr. Farich was preceded in death by a daughter; Kathleen Farich who died at birth.
Friends will be received on Thursday-September 13, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at E. Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday-September 14, 2018 in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66 Eighty-Four PA 15330. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com