Richard (Rick) A. Hohenwarter, 66, of Lancaster, made his journey to God’s kingdom on October 31 after a brief illness. He was born to Richard J. and Ona M. Hohenwarter, both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Anne Hohenwarter; their son Lee and his daughters Sydney and Addison; their son Richard and his wife Emily, and their son Steve, his wife Kelly and their children Jack and Tyler. He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Coman, Karen Roschel, and Marjorie Gascon. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Alli, and his feline sweethearts, Rosie, Samarrah and Delia.
Rick was a Boy Scout in his adolescence and attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14 years. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1971, and from Millersville University with a degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1976. He taught at Lake Lehman High School in Lake Lehman, PA, where he was also a wrestling coach. He found his professional calling, however, in the commercial construction industry, starting as a carpenter and working his way into leadership roles in construction estimating. In his retirement, he found joy in refining his natural artistic ability and craftsmanship through the creation of innovative and culturally inspired pottery. He was a studio artist at Kevin Lehman Pottery in Lancaster during the past five years. Rick happily spent most weekdays there working on his craft. He especially loved creating soup bowls for the annual Empty Bowls fundraising event each spring.
Rick loved the great outdoors and introduced his boys to camping at an early age. Evenings spent around a campfire toasting marshmallows with family and friends are fond memories. He also loved the North Carolina beaches and would walk the shoreline for hours looking for perfectly imperfect shells and stones. He loved the Phillies and the Eagles, collecting coins, restoring antique vehicles and going to auctions and swap meets. Mostly, he loved his time with his family.
Interment in the Riverview Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Rick at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 16 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rick’s memory may be made to the Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster PA, 17604, or to the Lancaster Creative Factory, 580 S. Prince St., Lancaster PA, 17601. Cremation Services of Lancaster (717)273-6283
Sad to hear of Rick’s passing. My condolences to the family.
Jeff, I am glad you saw Rick’s obituary – I was not sure how to reach you. Rick had many great memories of his youthful adventures with you, especially your cross-country trip after high school. Thank you for sending your condolences. Anne
I worked with Rick at Warfel Construction Company and he hired me at Horst Construction years ago. He was a great guy, very friendly and outgoing. You surely will be missed.
Thank you, Melanie. Rick missed his career very much, and you must have been one of the many people he loved working with!
Dear Steve and family,
I read of your father’s passing in the Sunday Newspaper and am so sorry for your family’s loss. We had the privilege of meeting your father on several occasions at your home for family get-togethers. We enjoyed getting to know him and thought he was such a friendly and upbeat person. Our sympathies to you and your family.
I worked with Rick at Wohlsen Construction and enjoyed my time with him very much. He had a great sense of humor coupled with a serious approach to his work. All around good guy…his family should be proud of the way he lived his life. My sincere sympathies.
Thank you for your condolences, Bill. Rick loved his years at Wohlsen!
I am so sorry to hear this news, my condolences to all of the Hohenwarter family. I have so many fond memories of Rick including camping at the NJ shore as a teenager, Sunday’s at Maple Grove Speedway and riding the “loop” in Lancaster in some awesome cars.
I would love to catch up with Barbara, Marge and Karen when I am in Lancaster next.
Sincere sympathies, Karen Kirby Paul
Karen, thank you for sharing your memories of Rick. You knew him from way back! Barb has lived in Oregon for many years, but Marge and Karen are still in the area – I’m sure they’d enjoy hearing from you. Thank you for yoru condolences.
So sorry to read of your father’s passing. Prayers to you and your family.
Dear Anne and family, we are very sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. He made beautiful pottery and was so talented in many other areas as well. Our thoughts are with all of you as you move into this new phase of life without him.
Thank you, Judy and Juergen. I didn’t know you’d seen any of Rick’s pottery – it makes me sad to think of all the pieces he had yet to make. Thank you for your kind remembrance.
So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing, Steve! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Ken & Wendy Johnson