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Richard J. Super obituary

By Staff | Apr 1, 2011

Richard J. Super

Richard J. Super passed away on March 29, 2011. Born in 1925, in Fort Madison, Iowa, Mr. Super settled in the D.C.- metro area after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He met his wife, the former Mary Ann Dowd, while attending Catholic University, in D.C.

Mr. Super spent his career as a structural engineer with the D.C. government, supervising, among many projects, the design and construction of the inaugural viewing stands for five different presidents.

Mr. Super retired to the Shepherdstown area in the mid-1990s, where he quickly became involved in local affairs. He was a consulting engineer for the renovations of both the Entler Hotel and the Men’s Club building, to which he belonged. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, serving a term as its president, and is well-remembered for his “hands-on” efforts in the construction of the wetlands boardwalk at Shepherdstown Elementary School. Mr. Super was an active member of St. Agnes Parish, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann, daughters Gretchen of Frederick, Md., and Julie Barnesville, Md., sons Dennis of Gaithersburg, Md., Eric of Millersville, Md., Neil of Shepherdstown and David of Silver Spring, Md., as well as 12 grandchildren.

A viewing is scheduled for Sunday, April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home located on Route 340 and Halltown Road in Charles Town, and will be preceded by a Christian Wake at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the following morning at St. Agnes Church in Shepherdstown, at 10 a.m. followed immediately by internment at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Harper’s Ferry. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Catholic Charities by calling 1-800-919-9338.