Richard W. Luchs

Richard W. Luchs, 67, of Houston, Pa., formerly of Las Vegas, Nev., died on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the home of his sister, with his loving family at his side.He was born May 13, 1946 in Ridgway, son of Ida Luchs Knisley and the late Robert Knisley, and was a Lutheran by faith.After graduating from Ridgway Area High School in 1964, he worked as a mechanic. His hobby was restoring old cars and had most recently owned a beautiful old Model A. In his younger years, he also raced cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt. He lived in Las Vegas for many years and was employed by the gaming industry, working in various casinos installing slot machines and other gaming equipment. After moving back to Pennsylvania, he was employed by The Meadows Casino until retirement in 2012. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mirtha Luchs; children Richard (Budd) Luchs of New Castle, Theresa Luchs of Victor, N.Y., Brenda Luchs of Girard, Ohio, Paolo Luchs of Las Vegas; stepdaughter Mia Zarate of Las Vegas; a brother, Michael Knisley; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Susan Knisley, Kathie Opfer, Cindy (Jeff) Adams, and Linda (Chris Abens) Knisley, all of Midland; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles and numerous cousins in the Ridgway area. A memorial open house for Richard W. Luchs will be held in Ridgway on Saturday, May 17 at the Montmorenci Grange from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.D.L. Williams Funeral Home, 848 Midland Ave., Midland is entrusted with funeral arrangements.