Date of Birth July 14, 1958
Date Deceased December 16, 2023
Hometown Avoca
Home State NY
Service Date January 6, 2024
Service Time 2-4 p.m.
Service Location Cohocton American Legion

Richard Keith Wightman

AVOCA  – Richard Keith Wightman, born July 14, 1958, left us suddenly on Saturday (Dec. 16, 2023).

He is predeceased by his parents, Richard C. and Beverly (Germon) Swickert.  He leaves behind his cherished wife, Staci Sherer, whom he adored, and two sons, Brent (Megan) of Syracuse, NY and Michael of Bath, NY.  Also, his sisters, Shelly Lezer (Paul Nevers) in Pennsylvania and Kathy Olmsted Calarco (Joe) in Florida.  Richard has six grandchildren, Haily Sue, Jaston, Matilda, Faith, Ryan and Oliver. His in-laws, Kenneth and Pat Sherer were loved beyond measure. He also has several cousins from the Meiers (Eng) to the Germons who are equally as shocked to know of his passing.

A graduate of Avoca Central School, he went on to become certified in weatherization to serve Steuben County for many years.  His home on Barnes Road, Avoca became his stead for over 40 years. He worked diligently with his wife to achieve this prized property.  He loved to hunt, four-wheel, hike and walk with his dogs over the years.  He proved to be very handy in repairs, carpentry and general home & property maintenance and improvements. Everyone certainly enjoyed his humor, especially his mother.

He will be sorely missed by literally hundreds of friends in addition to the family.

Please join everyone on Saturday, (Jan. 6, 2024) at the Cohocton American Legion from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate his beautiful life.

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 22 N. Min St., AVOCA is honored to assist Richard’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Richard are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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9 Responses

  1. Dear Staci,
    I was so sorry to hear of your dear husbands passing. Dealing with the. Loss is not easy My tom past at 62, I was 54. Being a widow at such a young age is difficult. You can do this.please contact me if you want to talk.! God bless and heal your heart ❤️

  2. I shall cherish our last talk; last shared joke; last shared cartoon & last message you sent telling me you loved me.
    I should not be saying any of these words & missing “my baby”, but you were, literally, a real life doll to an 8 year old little girl.
    All I see, in my mind, is that smirk, your smile & that devilish look in you eyes.
    Make Mom laugh & know Dad’s pride as you walk with them again.

  3. Dear brother, you were always the pistol in the family. Finally you grew up and created a beautiful home to be proud of. You were a good husband, father, brother, son and friend to many.
    Many times you could make me laugh even if the situation wasn’t funny.
    Little brother I will miss our talks. I will see you on the other side.

  4. Dear Ones,
    I am so very saddened to hear of this staggering loss. I remember Rich as a young and happy boy who was always smiling. My heart goes out to each of you during this very difficult time.

  5. I grew up in Avoca & remember Richard as a treasured baby brother. I know his parents welcomed him with open arms and hope this brings some comfort to his wife, children & sisters. My heart goes out to the entire family and all of his friends.

  6. Totally Shocked! Prayers 🙏to Staci & family! As Dick & I were best of child hood friends from a early age & had the best of time’s, Hunting snowmobile’s, Concert’s & Traveling and of course lots of laugh’s. ( I can still hear his laugh) We lost another good one but not forgotten! RIP Dick!🍻🇺🇸🦌🦃🦆

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