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Richard Urba


Richard “Dick” Urba, age 87 of Wayne, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He had been a Wayne resident for 57 years.

Dick grew up in Kearny and graduated from Kearny High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England during his time in the Service. He was trained as a Weather Technician and made some lifelong friends while serving. Upon being discharged, he returned to the U.S and by this time he was already married and had two children. With all the responsibility, going to college full-time wasn’t an option so he worked during the day, and began taking night classes at Newark College of Engineering. His perseverance paid off and he eventually graduated as an Electrical Engineer. He had worked for ITT in Nutley, then EDI of Yonkers, and then did a short stint with General Instrument in Mexico, before returning to EDI. All told, he worked nearly thirty years with EDI before retiring in the early 1990’s. However, Dick wasn’t the type to ‘retire’ in the traditional sense, and he kept working as a consultant for Dean Technologies in Tinton Falls up until just a few months ago. Many in his field found themselves outpaced by the advances in technology, but not Dick. He was a very smart man and enjoyed working with and mentoring the younger engineers.

Dick will always be remembered with a pipe in his mouth. He really enjoyed smoking his pipe, and reading a good book. He had a love for fishing and would often go to the lake to cast a line in the water. Dick, for many years, had a passion for raising tropical fish, at one time having over 20 fish tanks in his home. He also enjoyed joining his family for football games at Rutgers University.

Dick and his wife Muriel were married for fifty nine years, having first met while square dancing in Bloomfield, NJ. They were just young kids at the time, but they fell in love and married on December 26, 1950 and slipped away for a honeymoon at Niagara Falls. Dick shipped out to England with the Air Force shortly thereafter, and Muriel joined him the next year. They started their family while living in England and came back in 1953, as soon as Dick was discharged. They moved into Dick’s childhood home before moving to Wayne in 1960. They were inseparable during their fifty nine years together. They were by each other’s side always, went everywhere together, and simply loved each other very much. Family was the foundation of their relationship, and all holiday celebrations involved large family gatherings. In the earlier years of their marriage, the two of them joined bowling leagues and had a lot of fun. Dick’s league was, perhaps, more of a “beer league” than anything else, but they did get extremely lucky one year, bringing home a championship trophy to everyone’s surprise! Dick described his marriage to Muriel as “perfect and loving,” and he missed her dearly in the years since she passed.

Dick is survived by his four children: Kathleen Lysyj and her husband Robert of Hillsborough, NJ, Valerie Ross and her husband Barry of W. Caldwell, Dr. Walter J. Urba and his wife Caryn of Portland, OR, and Richard C. Urba and his wife Susan of Budd Lake, NJ; twelve grandchildren: Tracy Kelly and her husband Jeremy, Brad Urba and his wife Masaya, Chris Urba and his wife Jeanine, Kim Johansen and her husband Jason, Emily Urba, Kyra Tighe and her husband Michael, Michael Lysyj, Laura Mascola and her husband Greg, and Matthew, Christopher, Justin and Kyle Ross; eight great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Urba, Ethan Kelly, Ariana Urba, Caleb Kelly, Kylee Ross, Aubree Tighe, Aaden Tighe, and Delilah Ross.

Dick was predeceased by his beloved wife Muriel E. Urba (nee Emmerich) in 2009; his grandson Steven Urba; and his two brothers: Charles Urba, and John Urba and his wife Gertrude.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery, E. Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute would be appreciated. Please make donations payable to “Providence Portland Medical Foundation” and write “Earle A. Chiles” in the notes field of your check. Mail them to Providence Cancer Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Suite 2N35, Portland, OR 97213. You can also visit the website and donate online at:


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MY Uncle Dick, You will be missed ! You are one of the first men in life. The impression you have made on my soul will always be carried in my days forward. Heaven has gained another angel!

Joanne Dunn


God speed my Air Force pal.. You have certainly made your mark on the world.. I am proud to have been your friend....

Richard (Buddy) Veesart

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