Richard A. Moncrief



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Richard Arthur Moncrief June 20, 1942 – October 9, 2023 Richard Moncrief was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the first of three sons of Thomas and Gertrude Moncrief.  He was later joined by brothers John and Robert.  Dick grew up in Hanover and graduated from Hanover High School in 1960. He followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Penn State University, main campus in University Park.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.   He continued to be a most avid and life-long fan / supporter of Penn State, especially the football team.  He graduated from Penn State in 1964.  For more than 40 years, Dick and Sandy had season tickets to the Penn State home football games and had the thrill of attending most of these games! In 1964 he was drafted into the Army and served for two years in Washington, DC.  He moved to Rochester, NY in 1966 and began a 37 year career with Eastman Kodak Company, working as a Financial Analyst.  He earned a Master’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology while at Kodak.   He “retired” from Kodak in 2003.  Dick’s passion has always been outreach, and he was active in various outreach ministries / programs in Rochester for many years.  He was Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Community Lutheran Ministry and Camp Joy.   He volunteered his time and his gifts to additional groups and fully enjoyed the tasks he performed for them.   After extensive volunteer hours, in February 2006 he went back to work full-time as Financial Administrator at Asbury First United Methodist Church.  He retired in August 2022.    In February of 1969, he met Sandra Deihle at a Young Adult Fellowship gathering of Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester. They fell in love and in April  they became engaged.   They were married in December 1969.  They were the loves of each other’s lives for almost 55 years.  Two children joined their family – Jennifer was born in 1971 and Scott in 1975.   Dick and Sandy joined Messiah Lutheran Church in 1978 and sang together in the Messiah choir.  When Dick joined Asbury First United Methodist Church in 2012, he continued to sing in the choir there.  He and Sandy also sang together for many years in Rochester Oratorio Society and Eastman-Rochester Chorus during the school year and in Finger Lakes Choral Festival during the summer months.   Dick was Treasurer of Finger Lakes Board of Directors through 2022.  The concerts by these groups brought such great pleasure and inspiration to them and was a highlight of their lives! On Monday evening, October 9th, at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester,   a chorus of heavenly angels safely and gently carried Dick into his heavenly home where he was welcomed by his angel brother, John, and many angel family and friends who have gone before him.  He is now in the loving arms of the God who sustained and watched over him all his life and who was with him and Sandy, Jennifer and Dave throughout these past months especially.   He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Sandy, daughter Jennifer (David Rauck), son Scott (Allison), granddaughters Camille and Katherine Moncrief, brother Robert, sisters-in-law Shirley Moncrief and Nancy Deihle, nephews Thomas (Michelle) Moncrief and William (Dana) Moncrief, niece Ann (Brock) Schuchart, many family and dear friends.  He will always be dearly loved by Sandy and missed by so many family and friends.   Thanks to all for the love and support and the prayers during these last 9 1/2 months.   Thanks be to God for the many blessings He has bestowed on us all and for all the years we were able to spend with Dick.   God will be with us all until we are together once again. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue in Rochester, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11 AM.  Burial will be private.   Memorial donations may be made to Asbury First United Methodist Church or Rochester Oratorio Society, both at 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY  14607; or to Camp Joy, P. O. Box 18476, Rochester, NY  14618.       


  1. Daniel Haseley on October 21, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Dick and his wife Sandy are true friends of Trudy and mine. We met when we joined Messiah Lutheran Church and have cherished their friendship ever since. We would happily get together with our other friends monthly to go out to dinner at different restaurants. We called ourselves the "Out to Dinner Bunch". We worked together on church projects and when we moved to SC, Dick and Sandy would always come to visit us or join us on a cruise. Trudy sang with them in the choir. We would always stay with them when we came back to Rochester for a visit. We were so sad when Dick fell and eventually met our creator.

  2. Daniel Haseley on October 21, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Dan and Trudy Haseley

  3. Jo Ann Lampman on October 22, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    On behalf of all current and former members of he ROCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY, we send our condolences to Sandy, and all your family and friends, for the loss of dearest Dick. Dick sang bass in ROS 2014-2022, along with Sandy who has sung alto in ROS since 2014. Thank you to Sandy and family for designating ROS as one of the organization to receive memorial donations. May our Dick rest in heavenly peace.

  4. Ghislaine Cotnoir on October 23, 2023 at 9:47 pm


  5. Sharon L. Ludlow on November 12, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Dear Sandy and children, Jim and I are so sorry for the loss of Dick! You were the first people we met at Messiah Lutheran Church! Jim and I will keep you in our prayers at this time

  6. Joan Brandenburg on November 13, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    The Veterans Outreach Center extends our deepest sympathy in Richard’s passing. We acknowledge and are truly grateful for his service to our country.

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