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Richard L. Hollister

Richard ”Rich, Dickie” Lee Hollister, age 76, of Lansing, NY passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 with his family by his side at the Misty Glen Rehabilitation Center in Cortland, NY following a 6 month battle since having heart surgery in January. Richard was born on December 12, 1943 in New Brighton/Beaver Falls, PA to Robert E. Hollister and Matilda “Tillie” F. (Nytra) Hollister. At a young age, Richard and his family moved to Ithaca, NY where he became a “Fall Creeker”.

Richard graduated from Ithaca High School in 1961. Upon graduation he joined the US Army Reserves where he honorably served his country. A lifetime worker in the restaurant industry, he was a cook at Manos Diner for nearly 30 years before his retirement.

An avid sports fan, Richard could be found attending many local sporting events.  He was a strong supporter of Lansing Bobcat Athletics, especially Lansing’s Football, Baseball, Softball and Wrestling programs.  He was also a proud supporter of Central Outlaws Hockey program. His proudest moments were spent watching his children and grandchildren participating on the athletic stage. He was a lifetime fan of Cornell Hockey, Ithaca College Football and Baseball, the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and Sabres, and Syracuse Football and Basketball.  He loved to watch sports and talk about them with anyone who would listen, which led to his nickname of “Facts”. He loved music and especially looked forward to Music in The Park at Myers Park in Lansing. He had a gift for gab and would talk with anyone. Whether it was talking with the staff at Tops or the postal clerk at the post office, he loved to carry on a conversation. His infatuation with the weather and its ability to change in CNY several times an hour led to another nickname of “Doppler Dickie” by family and friends. He loved being around people which led him to a local tavern or two to enjoy a beer or two….

Family gatherings were his favorite and being around his family was what meant the most to him. Although he may have never told them directly, he was profoundly proud of his children and grandchildren’s exploits whether it be on the field, stage, or classroom, and would boast of their accomplishments to others.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Dixie L. (Baker) Hollister of Lansing, NY, and his children Melinda (Tom) Sweazey of Lansing, NY, Scott (Kathii) Hollister of Lansing, NY, Matthew (Angie) Hollister of Lansing, NY, and Katie (David) Heisler of Farmington, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kyle (Dyian) Sweazey, Taylor Sweazey, Dalton Hollister, Avery Hollister, Leah Hollister, Cooper Hollister, Gabe Hollister, Hudson Heisler, Kinley Heisler, great grandson Christian Sweazey and a great granddaughter arriving in August. His grandchildren meant the world to him and he affectionately called them his “babies” and missed them terribly while being isolated from visitors during the COVID virus. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters in law. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Matilda Hollister.

 A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on July 4, 2020. Please contact Melinda Sweazey @ mss7@cornell.edu or Scott Hollister @ Slhollister@aol.com for details. Contributions in Richard’s honor can be made to the Lansing Athletics Booster Club, Lansing Parks and Recreation Department or the Franziska Racker Center. Richards family would like to thank the caring staff at Misty Glen Rehabilitation for their care and compassion, especially Rob Rosolanko, Becky Whal, Lynn Gehr, Grace Prentice and many others for providing comfort to Rich during his stay there.

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I was so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I have fond memories of him from early years at Fall Creek through to our graduation at IHS in 61. Even though our paths didnt cross often after high school, he was always friendly and kind. My sincere condolences to his family.

Danilee Gorman Poppensiek Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to read of Dickie's passing. I've known him since we were kids, being a lifelong Lansing resident. Had not seen him in years, but we always seemed to run into each other as the years flew by. I'm 77, so we were not many months apart.
God Bless You, Dickie..........you were a great kid and a great friend, as well.
Sincerely, Martin A. "Marty" Christopher; Maineville, Ohio 45039

Marty Christopher Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

Rich would always talk about the love for his family. He had such a great sense of humor. He endured so much during his rehab and it was an honor taking care of him. My life is better for meeting and knowing Rich. He will be greatly missed.

Lynn Gehr Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy to the family of Dick Hollister. I remember Dick from high school and classmate of 61. He was kind and friendly person and we did talk football since my Dad was a Coach at Cornell. RIP. Classmate Margie James Perna

Margie Prrna Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dixie & family: I am sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good man was a good friend to me throughout my life. He will be missed. I hope he is able to find peace in the heavens. R.I.P Old Buddy..... Bill & Barbie Mack

Bill & Barbie Mack Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM