Fair President Richard Wyrick passes away

December 15, 2017

Fair President Richard Wyrick is pictured here with his wife Betty Jane at the Fair Office Open House & Dedication Ceremony during the 60th annual fair in July 2017.

SHIPPENSBURG -- The Shippensburg Community Fair is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of fair president Richard Wyrick, 87, on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Richard has been serving as president of the fair and its board of directors for 10 years since the retirement of former president Frank Lerew in 2007.

A former United States Navy veteran, Richard retired from the former Texas Eastern Co. in 1991 after 34 years. He was a member of the Messiah United Methodist Church and was involved in many local organizations such as the Walnut Bottom Rod and Gun Club, Cumberland Valley Lodge #315, Valley Forest #145 Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Zembo Shrine, the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223, and was a 32nd degree mason.

Richard's involvement in the Shippensburg Community Fair began in 1962 as the chairman of midway and game concessions, a role that he held up until his death. He became a vice president of the fair in 1981, and later assumed the role as president in 2007 after the retirement of founding fair president Frank Lerew. He initiated and coordinated the annual demolition derby for 35 years. He was also an active member of the fair's grounds committee and spent many off season months and summers tending to land development and maintenance at the fairgrounds. Richard loved every aspect of the Shippensburg Community Fair and was proud of its growth and success throughout the years. His wife, Betty Jane, serves still as the fair's recording secretary and is a friendly face to many in the community.

Richard Wyrick served on Shippensburg Community Fair committees and on the Fair Board for more than 50 years.

Richard was the Shippensburg Community Fair's first recipient of the annual Friends of the Fair award (formerly the Fair Ambassador award) in 2010, a program facilitated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to recognize influential and dedicated volunteers within the fair industry. He was recognized by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russel Redding and later by former agriculture secretary George Greig for his commitment to the Shippensburg community.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Wyrick are being handled by Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, December 20 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the funeral home, with the funeral held on Thursday, December 21 at 2 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Messiah United Methodist Church, 30 S. Penn Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

The Shippensburg Community Fair is deeply grateful for the leadership, dedication, and friendship that Richard provided during his more than 50 years of serving as a volunteer.