Richard H. "Rick" Eiler

Richard H. "Rick" Eiler

June 21, 1951 - April 06, 2024

Richard H. "Rick" Eiler

June 21, 1951 - April 06, 2024


Richard H. “Skeeter” Eiler, a resident of Darlington, PA, departed this life on the evening of April 6, 2024, at the age of 72. While most knew him as Rick, he held a special fondness for the name “Pappy,” as bestowed upon him by his beloved grandchildren Austin and Maura, whom he cherished dearly. His legacy is one of profound love for his family, a passion for the great outdoors, and unwavering and dedicated service to his country.

Rick’s passion for hunting and nature was evident to all who knew him. His eyes would light up as he shared tales of all his outdoor adventures. He would often reminisce about memorable moments in the woods with his father, children, grandson, and friends. Rick would always refer to the outdoors as his “Happy Place,” where he could sit and find solace.  Rick wasn’t just an exceptional hunter; he also excelled as a teacher of the outdoors. He loved to share his knowledge and expertise with those around him, helping them distinguish various plants, trees, and wildlife.

He was also a member of the North Country Trail Wampum Chapter, where he took great pride in contributing to the trail in any capacity that he could. Over the years, he could often be spotted cleaning, marking, and crafting the trail, as well as repairing broken equipment for the Wampum Chapter.

As a testament to his passion for the outdoors, Rick was an active member of The Zelienople Sportsman’s Club, where he served on the board and held the position of Vice President in past years. His contributions to the club and its members will be remembered fondly.

Beyond his love for nature, Rick was always willing to provide support for those around him, whether he knew you or not. Always ready to lend a helping hand. His dedication to service extended beyond his community as he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army with the 97th Signal Battalion out of Manheim Germany.

Rick’s absence will be deeply felt by his beloved wife of 52 years, Sherry; his daughters, Brandy (Paul) Woods and Candice (Bob) Sprecker; his grandchildren, Austin and Maura Woods; his step-grandchildren and great step-grandchildren; his sister, Billie Jenkins (Bill); and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Henrietta Eiler; and his brother David Eiler.

In the quiet rustle of leaves and the echoing call of wildlife, Rick’s spirit will live on, forever remembered for his love of family, nature, and country.

Friends will be received on Thursday, April 11th from 4pm-7pm in the GABAUER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC.- 1133 Penn Avenue, New Brighton PA 15066.

Rick will be privately buried in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Rick’s name to the Beaver County Humane Society or Twelve Loaves Soup Kitchen New Brighton.






  • Date & Time: April 11, 2024 (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
  • Venue: Gabauer Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Location: 1133 Penn Ave New Brighton, PA 15066 - (Get Directions)

Beaver County Humane Society

  • Address: 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa PA 15001

Twelve Loaves Soup Kitchen

  • Address: 1031 2nd Ave, New Brighton, PA 15066

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5 responses to Richard H. "Rick" Eiler

  1. Donna Kelley says:

    I am so sorry Sher and family. You all have my deepest sympathy. He will be greatly missed. He has always been a good friend to me. May he RIP!

  2. Sher:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You had a great life and love together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Zelienople-Harmony Sportsmen’s Club
    In Memory of Rick Eiler, longtime club member, camper and Director. His contributions to ZHSC were epic as was his devotion to family and friends. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

    Zelienople-Harmony Sportsmen’s Club Directors and Officers

  4. Sherry and family: I am so sorry to read that your loved one has died. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you!!!!

  5. Sher and Family: I am so sorry to read that your beloved husband and father has died. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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