on April 24, 2014 - 6:00 PM
, updated April 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM
July 30, 1923 – April 21, 2014
Richard T. Szal Sr., a veteran of World War II and owner of a grocery and a restaurant and tavern in Eden, died Monday after a short illness. He was 90.
Mr. Szal served in the Army’s 32nd Infantry, Red Arrow Division. He fought in New Guinea, Buna-Gona and Leyte. He attained the rank of sergeant, earning the Bronze Star among numerous ribbons and medals.
After his discharge, he married Florence Kotwicki, and they raised five children in Eden. They were inseparable business partners until her death in 1992.
Mr. Szal owned Szal’s IGA grocery with his father, built and owned the Bell’s IGA and opened the Pub restaurant and tavern in 1962. He opened the Eden Mini Mart in 1975. He was very active in real estate.
He also was active in many civic organizations. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a 70-year member of Post 880, American Legion, Post 8625, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Eden 39ers Social Club.
He was a member of the Eden Volunteer Fire Company and a past commander of Chapter 177, Disabled American Veterans, of Angola.
Survivors include four sons, Richard Jr., Dennis, Kenneth and Jeffrey; a daughter, Melissa Weidner; nine grandchildren; and his devoted companion, Elaine Vidal.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 Main St., Eden.