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Richard A. Beittel, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 28, 2016 @ 7:27 am In Obituaries | 42 Comments

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Richard (Rick) A. Beittel, Jr., 62, of Lancaster, PA passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 26, 2016.  He was the loving husband of Julia (Julie) Martin Beittel to whom he had been married over 35 years.

Rick is survived by his son Andrew (Andy) A., husband of Amanda Beittel of Oreland and two sisters, Barbara A. Shire of Manheim, and Betsy A. Carlee of Quarryville.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Richard A., Sr. and Pauline Hoeltzel Beittel.  He was a graduate of Manheim Township High School and Northeastern University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He was a Certified Public Accountant and began his career as a partner at Hatter, Harris, and Beittel. He continued his career at MTS Travel and for the past twenty years was employed at Phillips Office Solutions as CFO and President of Phillips Capital.

A long-time and active member of First United Methodist Church, Rick was a member of the Finance Committee. He previously served as chair of the Administrative Board and was a Stephen Minister.

Rick loved spending many weekends at the Chesapeake Bay with friends and family.  He enjoyed kayaking, hiking, and traveling.  He was an accomplished artist, making numerous pottery pieces, and took great pleasure sharing his creations as gifts to many recipients.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut Streets, Lancaster, PA on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  The family will greet friends immediately following the Memorial Service.

Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers.  If desired, contributions in Rick’s memory may be sent to: Lumina Outreach at 10 W. Farnum St. Lancaster, PA 17603 or Transitional Living Center at 105 E. King St. Lancaster, PA 17602.

Condolences for the family of “Richard A. Beittel, Jr.”

Condolence from Ned and Joan Braun on April 28th, 2016 8:50 am

Julie – It was an honor for Ned and me to know Rick and witness his love of life, family, and friends. He was such a kind, gentle human being whose mark he left on so many. We pray you and Andy find strength somehow in the days and weeks ahead to deal with this unimaginable loss. We truly hope the outpouring of love and support from family and friends provides some comfort.

Condolence from Doug & Carol Cherry on April 28th, 2016 10:21 am

This has hit all of us very hard. It will take a while for us to comprehend the loss of Rick. Life is so fragile. Julie and Andy we share your sorrow and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Joseph J. Shaffer, Sr. on April 28th, 2016 10:34 am

Julie and Andy, I’m sure I am only repeating what so many others have already said, when I tell you that Rick was very special to me. His soft and calming nature was a tremendous help to me during some difficult times. His positive attitude and outlook always gave me hope that things would get better. I can only hope and pray that you find peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Condolence from Ruth Wood on April 28th, 2016 10:57 am

I was very shocked to hear that Rich had died. It will be a shock to everyone, I’m sure. He will be remembered fondly. He served others well for many years. The only good news is that now God is smiling because He has a wonderful addition to heaven.
Our sympathy and prayers are with you.
Fondly, Ruth and Bill Wood

Condolence from Suzie and Gary Johnson on April 28th, 2016 10:59 am

We first received the news Tuesday morning and our hearts are very saddened to hear of Rick’s unexpected passing. Julie, Andrew and Amanda,, you have been in our thoughts ever since. It’s been difficult to process all this and we can’t even imagine what you are going through. Please know, you, as well as the rest of Rick’s family, are in our THOUGHTS and PRAYERS and we ask God to embrace you in his LOVING arms, bringing you some COMFORT. PEACE be with you and be forever BLESSED. xoxo

Condolence from Lauren Mullineaux Tanji on April 28th, 2016 11:32 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that God surrounds you with wonderful memories as you go through the next few days. Rick was a wonderful man of God that leaves behind an amazing legacy of loving his family.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Condolence from David A. Spracher on April 28th, 2016 12:01 pm

Julie, I am sorry for your loss. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ritchie and Katie Keister on April 28th, 2016 1:50 pm

Julie and Andy – I’m sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have fond memories of him from the Wallingford Road days! We are thinking of your family!

Ritchie and Katie

Condolence from Steve Shank on April 28th, 2016 2:07 pm

Dear Julie and Andy – Lisa and I were so saddened to learn of Rick’s sudden passing. Rick was admired by all who knew him and he will be deeply missed. We are praying for your peace and comfort during this most difficult time.

Steve and Lisa

Condolence from Bill & Ruth Coakley on April 28th, 2016 2:44 pm

Dear Julie & family

There is nothing anyone can say to help remove the reality of your loss! May God comfort you with His Perfect peace, and may His loving light gently guide you through the darkness of this difficult time.

Holding you close in thought and prayer. Ruth and Bill Coakley

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Condolence from Tracey Bernett on April 28th, 2016 3:06 pm

We are so very very sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you.

Tracey and Frank Bernett (Amanda’s aunt and uncle)

Condolence from Lnda Kazar on April 28th, 2016 3:27 pm

I am so sorry for your loss.
Rick was not only our boss & mentor, he was our friend.
He was so kind & giving to others.
I hope you can take comfort in the fact that he is at peace.
I will hold him in my heart forever.

Condolence from Christy Sink Myers on April 28th, 2016 3:28 pm

Julie and family – We are all at a loss for words. Rick was a beloved member of our organization. He was an entrusted and respected member of our leadership team, but more than that, a friend and confidante to everyone that worked with him and knew him. His absence is so felt by our Phillips family and has left a terrible void within our organization. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Condolence from Martha K. Adams for Stephen Ministers, FUMC on April 28th, 2016 3:54 pm

Dear Julie and Andy, We, of Stephen Ministry, are so saddened and weighed down with a sense of loss, on hearing of Rick’s sudden death. We pray that our Lord and Savior undergirds you both with the assurance , courage and His Love that you need each day, and hour. Rick and you, Julie, have given so very much to Stephen Ministry, and each and every Care Receiver you walked beside, over the years! Both of you have provided very important leadership and loving to many among us; ourselves included. God’s richest comfort to you. With Love, Stephen Ministers, and Leaders

Condolence from Kathy and Chip Sanders on April 28th, 2016 4:00 pm

Dear Julie and family,
Praying for the tender mercies of Jesus to comfort and carry you through the time ahead as you remember and celebrate Rick’s life, rejoice that he IS with God and you WILL see him again, and grieve the loss of his life here on earth with you.
Most sincerely,
Kathy and Chip Sanders

Condolence from Jet Visneski on April 28th, 2016 4:37 pm

Dear Julie and Andy,
We are both shocked and saddened to hear about Rick’s sudden passing. He was such a wonderful person , full of life and love for the Lord. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around each of you and keep you in his tender care at this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy,
Paul and Jet Visneski

Condolence from Kristen Crans on April 28th, 2016 6:06 pm

Dear Julie, Andy, and Amanda,
I can’t imagine what you must be experiencing as you adjust to this new norm, but know that we are praying for you. And as so many others said, how wonderful that you will be able to see him again in the amazing heavenly home that he is now a part of. Sending you hugs and prayers, Kristen (Martin) Crans and family

Condolence from Dusty, Linnie, Nick and Lauren Loeffler on April 28th, 2016 6:52 pm

No words can express what we feel in our hearts for your loss, Julie and Andy.
May the Lord hold you close in spirit. Peace

Condolence from Kim Norcross on April 28th, 2016 7:23 pm

Dear Julie and Andy,

At times like this, we know all too well that words fail to convey the extent of the heart’s loss. Please know that Brian and I grieve for you and with you. Rick’s bright smile and genuine heart were the things that made him the man he was, the couple you were, the family you were. Nothing will ever diminish that. May the love of your family and friends sustain you through this difficult time. Trust that we all are offering our support – standing in the gap for you – while you walk this journey.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Kim and Brian Norcross

Condolence from Diane DeLuna on April 28th, 2016 8:06 pm

So sorry for your loss – he is one of the people I most missed when I left FUMC

Condolence from Jeanne Paules on April 28th, 2016 10:14 pm

Julie, So sorry for your lost. May hope be yours today and in the days to come as you lean on Him for strength, and comfort No one knows the cry of the heart like Jesus.

Condolence from Joyce Rheinheimer on April 29th, 2016 8:24 am

Rick was a great man and fun to work with. While working with Rick at MTS TRAVEL, I appreciated his wonderful sense of humor. One of his lines that I will never forget is, “I have a unique, developmental challenge for you.” That only meant he had some, tedious, mind-numbing job that needed done and I was the lucky one chosen to do it. When he left MTS, he shared the “treasures” from his desk–mementos he had collected over the years. I was touched when he pulled out an airline barf bag and explained it was from the first flight I ever went on (with him and Jeff Schmid) and that he’d never seen anyone turn green before. To me, that indicated friendship. I regret not keeping up with Rick over the past 20 years. I do know I will see him in Heaven one day and that Heaven has just gotten a little more laughter with his arrival. Julie, my heart is breaking for you and Andy and I am praying for you daily. May God’s grace surround you at this time.

Condolence from Michelle Burger on April 29th, 2016 9:32 am


Words can’t even begin to express how very sorry I am to hear of this news. I worked with Rick at Phillips and I enjoyed him very much. We would often banter back and forth giving each other a hard time, all in good fun. His laugh & smile was priceless. That is what I will remember the most about him. He was gentle and kind. He loved you so very much, that was so clear. When I would go in his office, the first thing you wold see is an 8×10 picture of you. May God share your burden with all of us to help carry you, your family and friends through this very difficult journey.

Condolence from Missy Chaffee on April 29th, 2016 10:47 am

I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s sudden passing. I worked with him in the accounting department at Phillips and he was also such a great man to work with. He was always smiling and was always there to help with any issues when needed. I will treasure the coffee mug he made for us a few Christmas’s back. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your son and everyone that loved him.

Condolence from Hope Roadcap on April 29th, 2016 11:35 am

I’m certain no words can ease your pain at this time so I’ll simply say “I’m sorry for your loss”. I worked with Rick at Phillips for many years. He was a trusted mentor and friend. I will always remember his smile, the way he laughed, the way he would ponder your question or comment (often with his fingers to his forehead and temple) and especially his “good-good”. I find myself thinking of his phrase often and trust it will be a constant reminder to me of Rick. I’m not only sorry for Andy and your loss, but also to the many who thought so much of him.

Condolence from Babe Quintrall on April 29th, 2016 11:52 am

I am sorry for the loss of your dear Richard. May you find comfort in the promise of our Heavenly Father: “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Isaiah 25:8- Tears of sorrow will be replaced by tears of joy, until then may you continue to draw strength and comfort from God, family and friends. All the best wishes for your family at this time.

Condolence from The Yeager Family on April 29th, 2016 1:33 pm

Julie and Andy:

I can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. Rick was such a good man. I always found that I felt better after spending time with him. He had such a caring spirit. He will be missed by everyone who knew him but his loss in your lives touches us greatly. May God bless you during this time.

Condolence from Chuck Alleman on April 29th, 2016 4:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Elaine and Bill Mullineaux on April 29th, 2016 8:10 pm

Julie , Andy and Amanda. We were blessed beyond measure to call Rick friend. his laughter, joy and smile lit up the room and his adventurous spirit was inspiring. We smile remembering when we went camping, hiking, and just spent time together when the kids were small and how fabulous it was to belong to the FUMC family. Rick meant so much to so many people. We pray that God carries you as you walk in this dark valley and gives you comfort and peace as you walk on in life. Our hearts ache with you and may it help just a little to know that you are loved. Although you must say goodbye to Rick. It is only for a while. Can you imagine his joy at being home? You will be together again and what a party that will be!

Condolence from Mike and Patty Miller on April 29th, 2016 11:20 pm

Dear Julie and Andy,
We’re Mike and Patty Miller, good friends of Rick and Pam who are in our small group through church. We want to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your loved one, Rick. We’re praying for you and your family as you walk through this time of sadness in your life. May the love of family and friends and comfort of the Holy Spirit strengthen you in the days ahead.
With love and sympathy,
Mike and Patty
* 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Condolence from Cindi Rhinier on May 1st, 2016 8:11 am

Sometimes you cannot find the words to express what you’re feeling. This is one of those times. So, I will just send love, hugs, and prayers!

Condolence from Ken and Linda Husler on May 1st, 2016 2:20 pm

Julie and Andy- we were very saddened to hear about Rick’s passing and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rick was a wonderful and giving person and will be greatly missed by all. Cherish all the wonderful memories you made as a loving family.

Condolence from Patti Donnell & Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office, Moorestown on May 2nd, 2016 9:41 am

Dear Andy,

I can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. As a business competitor, I only met your father a few times, and every time he was smiling and extremely personable. May God bless you and your family during this emotional time.

Condolence from Megan and Jim Fry on May 3rd, 2016 9:14 am

Rick was always more than a boss to Jim. He was a great leader, mentor, friend and a wonderful example of a man living a life for Jesus. We will truly miss him but we know he is with his Lord and Savior. We are thankful for the time we spent with both of you and are blessed by his love, kindness and hopitality.

You are and will remain in our prayers,

Megan and Jim Fry

Condolence from Dawn and Paul Bernett on May 4th, 2016 11:14 am

Dear Julie, Andy and family,

We are so sorry to hear of this sudden loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers and hope that you can find solace among family and friends in this time of sadness.

Condolence from Dennis Shea on May 4th, 2016 4:20 pm

Andy and Julie,
Gloria and I are so sorry for your loss. Julie, the years you and Rick followed Andy’s golfing career at Monmouth University were wonderful days. Moments that will always be remembered. You were so supportive, enthusiastic and excited to watch Andy and his teammates play. Our prayers and thoughts are with you both.
With sympathy,
Dennis and Gloria Shea

Condolence from Ken Hess on May 4th, 2016 8:57 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. May you find peace in this journey.

Condolence from Stephen and Deborah Kauffman on May 5th, 2016 8:14 pm

Deborah and I will remember the wonderful times we shared with Rick and Julie, especially their wedding day! I was blessed and honored to take part in the service as a seminarian. Rick had been a groomsman at our wedding in 1976.

Then there were those wonderful long holiday weekends at Sea Isle City!

This man of faith will be missed. Well done good and faithful servant! Enter into your reward!

Condolence from Linda Loser on May 6th, 2016 1:03 pm

Julie and Andy,
I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I know you are wonderful people as it was reflected in the happiness and contentment of Rick. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him at Phillips for almost 20 years. He was always, always a pleasure to be around and as others have stated was a great leader with his honesty, integrity, kindness, and humor. There is no greater joy on earth than to love and be loved, and Rick had that joy…thanks to both of you. Words cannot express the loss that will be forever in the hearts of all who knew him. May knowing how many lives he touched in a positive way help comfort you in the long road ahead. God Bless.

Condolence from Scott clements on May 6th, 2016 6:14 pm

Sorry for your loss. Rick and I were getting to know each other better when I told him I was diagnosed with leukemia. We shared our passion about running as well

Condolence from Zoa and Terry Kile on May 7th, 2016 10:30 am

Rick was such a warm, compassionate, and talented man.
This enormous loss is felt by many who want to share the burden of sadness you are feeling.
We are praying God provides you comfort in the days to come.
Zoa and Terry

Condolence from Joe Normandy on May 9th, 2016 10:53 am

Dear Julie and Andy, I am now hearing of the passing of “Ricky B” … it is hard for me to comprehend and I know your burden is heavy right now. But I also know that heavy burdens are best shared with the Lord as His shoulders are broad and hands mighty.
My deepest prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.
Be it on Vancover St in Boston…LaGrange St in West Roxbury or 9B Tenby Lane his smiling face, happy and robust laugh and his then love for English Leather cologne stays with me.
A fine man has passed on and his love of God sustained him.
So sad…I am sorry for your loss.
Joe Normandy

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