Richard “Rick” Cumpston Nolte II, 61, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle.
Rick was born November 15, 1959, in Claysville, to the late Sharlene Ann (Hall) and Richard “Dick” Cumpston Nolte. Rick attended Cornell High School and after graduation was proud to serve our country in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves. He was a talented and creative mechanic and a man of many trades. He enjoyed the simple things in life: good food, the company of good friends, good music, and good beer.
Rick lived for his two beautiful daughters of whom he was so proud, Hannah and Emily Nolte. He is also survived by his best friend/lifelong pal and former spouse, Jeanette “Jenny” Nolte; cherished brother of Liz (Steve) Hoy of Huntington, PA; T.J. (Cindy) Nolte of Coraopolis; Mike Nolte of Maryland; Wade (Billie Jo) Nolte of Crescent; Robin (Valerie) Nolte of Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews; numerous loving friends including his good friend Craig Egenlauf, and his childhood friend Robin Meanor Nolte; and his best companion was his “Fat Cat” Snickers.
Rick was a culinary genius who could throw seasoned chicken thighs on a fire pit and turn it into a savory meal, and he would add a dollop of beer to everything. He was a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of guy, a nomad of sorts. His favorite movie to watch with the girls was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ He was their Jack Sparrow. A quirky kind of guy, he was an overly generous person who would literally give you the shirt off his back and his only Thanksgiving Turkey to the neighbor whose turkey wasn’t defrosted! (No kidding.) He was easy to get to know, and he always made others comfortable with his ease of conversation. Rick was a great storyteller, making every detail and fact so believable. He could fix anything, especially fixing the “Kinicular Valve.” He would take a junked motorcycle, work on the mechanics, add his artistic flare, ride it for a while, sell it, and then he would start looking for his next project. He had a wisdom beyond his years, using plain simple words, lessons of life. We all have heard and remember “Nolteisms”! “Don’t get scared, get prepared,” words and philosophy that his daughters live by.
To celebrate the life of Rick Nolte, a Service will be held in the Sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements made by Copeland’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Rick’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Wounded Warrior Project
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