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Old 11-23-2017, 05:27 PM   #1
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Rick Koelsch (RKamperRV)

November 19, 2017

G. Richard “Rick” Koelsch, 60, went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center, with family by his side. He was the loving husband of Deborah (Mohr) Koelsch to whom he was married for 35 years.

Rick was the son of Peggy (Houck) Koelsch and the late George W. Koelsch, Jr. who passed away in December, 2016.

Rick was a devoted member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, where he served in leadership and sang with the Gospel Guys. He was dedicated to improving the community and recently planted a seed to create affordable housing for Lancaster County through HUMC in partnership with IMPACT! Missions.

Rick was a 1975 graduate of Warwick High School and 1980 graduate of Millersville University, where he obtained his Bachelors degree as a member of the first graduating business class. He had a passion for business and entrepreneurship, which included finance, IT, telecom, networking, and fundraising. Rick was a dedicated husband, father, and friend. In Ricks own words, “It’s all about people and it’s all about relationships.” He enjoyed touring the country in his travel trailer, where he visited all 48 continental states, with a focus on National Parks. His favorite was Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. He loved puttering around in the yard, gardening, and cooking and entertaining.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter, Abigail (Koelsch) Thompson wife of Jeffery; one son, Christian Richard; three grandchildren, Jaycie and Ethan Koelsch, and Anna Thompson; three siblings, Dr. Patricia Stoudt wife of Paul, Charles “Chuck” D. Koelsch husband of Dr. Jane Marie Koelsch, and James B. Koelsch husband of Lisa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rick was preceded in death by two grandchildren.

A service celebrating the life of Rick was held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11AM at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9-11AM. Interment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rick may be made to IMPACT! Missions, 118 West Willow Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 or to Care Ministry, Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601
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Old 11-23-2017, 05:37 PM   #2
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Dave & I send our sympathy & condolences to Deb, Peggy & family.

I first met Rick & Deb, along with his parents George & Peggy at the 2005 iRV2 Rally in Lancaster. It was our first Rally, & just like his dad, Rick made us feel quite welcome. We put him to work at the 2009 iRV2 Rally doing 4-corner weigh in's for all attendees.

Rick will be missed by his many friends here at iRV2.

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Condolences and prayers for Rick and his family.
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I first met Rick and Deb and of course George and Peggy at one of our MidAtlantic campouts some years ago... Rick was a valuable asset as a moderator on the forums in those days and we always shared laughs when camping together.

I join others in sending prayers and condolences along to Deb, Peggy and the family.

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Sad news indeed. Met Rick at the 2009 Bellefonte, PA iRV2 Rally and the 2009 iRV2 Ohio National Rally.

Here's a photo of Rick welcoming my wife and I at the 2009 Ohio rally.

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I first got to know Rick son after I joined iRV2 in December 2003. I became a regular participant in the Fireside Chat that Rick hosted on Wednesday nights. I first met Rick in person at the iRV2 Rally in Branson in July 2007. We sat across each other, on a picnic table with our laptops, and logged into the Fireside chat room on Wednesday night. We thought it was really neat to be on the chat sitting across from each other.

Rick & I became good friends over the past years. we got together at future iRV2 Rallies.. In the past few years Rick started flipping houses as a business venture. In the past couple of years Rick & I talked to each other several times on the telephone discussing business and chat room participation.

I am sure I speak for the other participants in the Wednesday night chats that Rick will be greatly missed. It feels to me like I have lost a family member. My thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and their family at this time of sorrow.

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My condolences to RICK AND FAMILY may he rest in peace.
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Rick and I got to know each other through a chat room on Prodigy several years before Prodigy's demise. Rick joined irv2 and invited me to join in with the Fireside Chat. We first face to face at an irv2 rally in Branson, MO many years ago. We got together at several irv2 rallies over the years and at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Campground, Empire, MI while we were hosting there. In July 2015 we had the pleasure of visiting at Rick's home in Millersville, PA. We shared numerous phone conversations over the years.

I feel that I have lost a brother and will miss him greatly.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb and the family in this time of their sorrow.

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