Richard L. Praetzel, Sr. passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA. He was 93. Born in Erie, PA he was the son of John and Martha (Klins) Praetzel.
Dick graduated from East High School and enrolled at Gannon College. After his freshman year, he enlisted in the Army and served in Germany. Upon his discharge Dick received his Bachelor’s degree from Edinboro State College and later a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Penn State. He was a math teacher for 35+ years and also a tennis and basketball coach.
He is survived by his wife Brenda (Peters) and his beloved family, Kareen Praetzel, PatCee Hagerty (Paul), Cheri Palmer, Rick Praetzel, Linda Baker, Lise Aug (Tom), Jennifer Gregorich (Michael), Kristen Peters, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Bertha and nephews Robert and James Praetzel.
Private services and interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Gannon University Men’s Basketball, or Edinboro University Men’s Basketball scholarship program.