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Richard Komstock

January 9, 1955 ~ December 2, 2021 (age 66)


Richard Komstock, 66, of Butler, PA., died on Dec. 2 after a brief illness.

Born in Butler to Peter G. and Margaret E. (Powers) Komstock, Richard attended St. Paul's School and along with his twin brother Robert, served as an altar boy at St. Paul's Church. He then attended St. Fidelis, before graduating form BHS in 1973.

After high school, he attended BC3, making many lifelong friends. Pittsburgh Beauty Academy came next, and went on to become a well-liked hairdresser at the Vidal Sassoon Salon in Station Square, Pittsburgh.

In 1982, Rich enlisted in the US Army, and was most proud of his time spent as a paratrooper in the 82 Airborne.

After the Army, Rich moved to Bristol, PA, and completed his bachelor's degree, graduating from Holy Family University in 1991. He then traveled north and enjoyed life in RI, where he worked as an Emergency Room technician.

His final years brought him back to Butler, where he reconnected with Good Friends and enjoyed spending time with them and at the American Legion.

Rich's passion was to enjoy life, fun, love and laughter, and sharing these with the many people in his life.

Rich was deeply appreciative of the friendship of Mike Green and his wife Cissy, and of Patti Sterlit, all of whom in his last months provided food, fun, support, and the warm love and comfortable understanding that comes with time and the years spent with each other.  Patti and Mike Selfridge loved him the longest, and shared their home, their family, their pumpkins, and their Christmases. Over the decades they became trusted and much loved family.

His niece and nephew Heidi Friel and Brian Kurtz, a true and continual part of his life and good times, always claimed a big piece of his heart and interests.

Simply put by his cousin Mark, "Rich always brought a smile.'"

Rich is survived by his sisters Virginia Kurtz of Pittsburgh, PA, and Carol Komstock of Riverside, RI.

Rich never met a dog he didn't dote on, as he had a life long love of all four-legged friends. In his honor, it is requested that his dog and cat friends receive a special hug, and that any memorial donations be made to the Butler County Humane Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Celebrated in his honor at All Saints Parish, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 North McKean St., Butler, PA on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at 10 a.m.  Rich will be happy to know that a large get together will be held in future months for friends and family.


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Mass of Christian Burial
December 13, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church (North McKean St, PA)

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