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Born May 19, 1931 in Chester, Pa., Richard “Dick” Keephart was the son of Lester M. and Katie Barker Keephart. He was a graduate of Chester High School and later graduated from Drexel University. Mr. Keephart was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was honorably discharged in 1955. Until his retirement 20 years ago, he owned and operated Orange Party Tree, a gift and card shop in Villanova, Pa. Mr. Keephart lived in Wallingford and owned a cottage in Betterton, where he spent most of his summers for the past 70 years. He enjoyed fishing, duck and goose hunting, collecting Betterton memorabilia and walking on the beach collecting beach glass and other items that washed up. Mr. Keephart also enjoyed teaching children how to fish. He was famous for paying his friends’ children with red licorice for each piece of blue beach glass they would find for him. Mr. Keephart was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Sassafras River Association and the Betterton Community Development Committee.
Eulogy for Richard Keephart written by Ed Pfoutz...
Thirty eight years ago I was blessed to meet Dick Keephart. He was a member of a hunting club which I was joining. Prior to meeting him, a friend of mine told me that Dick was a “Peach of a guy”. What an understatement! I found out quickly that he was so much more than that...I found out that he was a man who loved:
But most of all, he loved his family and friends, all of you here today who cared so much for him.
Good Bye Dick. We Love You.