Richard P. Whalen

  • Died: November 22, 2021
  • Location: Scott Twp., Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard P. Whalen, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. The greatest man we have ever known peacefully made his journey to Heaven after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. A lifelong resident of Scott Township, Rick was born on January 24, 1950, a son of the late Jefferson A. and Norma (Allen) Whalen. He graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1967 and joined the Air National Guard. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 95 for 50 years until his retirement in 2015. He and his brothers were co-owners of JKJ services for 44 years and served many people throughout the community. On October 18, 1974, he married the love of his life, Kathy. Together they raised their three girls. He was the most devoted father coaching his girls every summer at Scott Township Athletic Association. He was involved in every aspect of their lives (the original "girl dad"). The greatest joys in his life were his eight grandchildren. He and Kathy were part of their grandkid's daily lives. He was their biggest cheerleader at all their activities. He made it a point to have a special relationship with each one of them. He enjoyed spending summer vacations with Kathy and their kids at Bethany Beach. After his retirement, Rick and Kathy discovered their love cruising and enjoyed traveling together. Rick loved his family above all else. His deep faith in God gives his family comfort knowing they will see him again someday. Rick is survived by wife and partner in life for 47 years of Kathy (Bummer) Whalen. Cherished father of Michelle and Michael Opferman, Katie and Ed Wesolowski, and Holly and Shawn Kosanovich. Best friend and devoted grandfather to the lights of life Jacob Richard, Kailey Elizabeth, and Brian Robert Opferman, Patricia Ann, Edward Richard, and Frances Joan Wesolowski, and Meka Kathleen and Michael Richard Kosanovich; faithful brother of George and Chris Whalen, Denise and Ron Kanai, and the late Jeff and Pam Whalen; devoted son-in-law of Kathleen (and the late Herb) Bummer; loving brother-in-law of Karen and Dave Benko; favorite uncle of Jeff Whalen, Kellie Laurenzi, Jason Whalen, Nicole Uhrin, Ron Kanai, Stacie Vaughan, Kristyn Siwiec, Justin Huber and their spouses; also survived by many great-nieces and nephews and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gallagher Hospice, 1370 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends welcome Friday, 2-8 pm WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. Funeral mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Saturday 11:30 am. Burial private to the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We were so shocked and sorry to hear that Rick had passed. He is such a good man, good friend and neighbor. We will surely miss his smile

Posted by Kathy and Ed Engelmeier - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   November 27, 2021

I just want the family to know that I have a special place in my heart for him our Fathers had similar jobs and I have known him for close to 60 years
There arent too many people like him he was definetly one in a million.
I will miss him very much . He did an awful lot for more people than you can count.
God bless everyone that loved him
Joe Poplowski

Posted by Joseph Poplowski - Heidelberg Pa. 15106, PA - Friend   November 27, 2021

Kathy, the " 4GALS " have my sincere condolences. I had no idea of the fight Rick was going through, knowing him, he didn't give in at all.The picture you guys chose is perfect, I saw that look many times, when we talked about a Ford for him or one of the girls. I can't say this in person as I am going through some medical issues myself right now. Please tell all the Whalens my sorrow in losing one of the best classmates anyone could ever have.
John McMullen,
Woltz and Wind Ford
Class of 67

Posted by JOHN McMullen - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   November 26, 2021

You have our deepest sympathy & prayers

Posted by Jim, Terry, Gary & Emily Delehanty    November 25, 2021

Condolences to the Whalen family, Rick reached out to me in March after my wife died of breast cancer, he told me of his battle, and I wished him a speedy recovery, so sorry he didn't make it. We hadn't spoken since high school, we were not that close but we're friends. Again my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Tim Moskovitz - Henderson, NV - Friend   November 24, 2021

Dear KATHY and family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Mary Ladesic

Posted by Mary Ladesic - CAPE CORAL, FL - Friend   November 24, 2021

So sorry to here about Richard .l never met him but I knew his father Jeff very well he was my fathers best friend back in the 1950 & 1960 when my father died in 1963 at age 56 I was 20 years old with two younger brothers and three sisters and our mom at home Richards father Jeff got me a job right away in local 95 the union my father was in for 25 years. Now I retired in 2004 from nabisco with 25 years. May Richard rest in peace in Gods hands .God will welcome him with open arms . Frank T Denk Sr

Posted by Frank Denk - Pittsburgh, PA - friend   November 24, 2021


Posted by Shelley Farr - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   November 24, 2021

Kathy, Michelle, Katie and Holly & Families,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my prayers and my thoughts are with you.


Posted by Vickie Pava - Pittsburgh, PA - Coworker   November 24, 2021


Kathy and family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers,
Joanne Giancola

Posted by Joanne Giancola - McMurray, PA - coworker   November 23, 2021

Rick was a salt of the earth human being. Selfless and kind and taken way too soon. My heart breaks for my best friend Michelle and her family. My heart ❤ is with you all.

Posted by Lisa Polidora - Ambridge, PA - Friend   November 23, 2021

Always a smile on his face, and ready for fun anytime we saw him over the years, Rick was a great guy, and leaves a vast void in the lives of all who knew and loved him. We pray for heavenly grace for his family, so they may be able to heal from this tragic loss.
Love to All,
George and Jan

Posted by George and Janet Starolis - Spring, TX - Family Friend   November 23, 2021