BATDORF – Richard M. “Slick,” 26, Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Northern Cambria, died Oct. 2, 2008, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, of a rare kidney disorder. Ricky was born June 14, 1982, in Johnstown, the son of Robert “Lonnie” and Lee Ann (Taranto) Batdorf of Northern Cambria. Preceded in death by grandparents, Robert and Geraldine Batdorf and Joseph and Nadine Taranto; aunts, Dana A. Batdorf, Dayus K. Taranto and Miriam R. (Taranto) Sral; and uncle, Richard J. Taranto. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers, Lonnie Batdorf and Melisa Lieb and son, Tyler, Carrolltown; and Peter (Briene) Batdorf, Plum Borough; aunts and uncles, Debbie (Ed) Sholtis, Patton; Michael (Michelle) Batdorf, Loretto; Joseph D. (Diane) Taranto, Hastings; Salvatore “Sam” Taranto, Timothy (Holly) Taranto, Lisa (Robert) Sposito and William (Kimberly) Taranto, all of Northern Cambria; and Tracy Taranto, Allentown; and numerous cousins and extended family. Rick was a 2000 graduate of Northern Cambria High School and a 2003 graduate of the Golf Academy of the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach, S.C. He also attended Methodist College, Fayetteville, N.C., and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was enrolled at the University of Coastal Carolina, Conway, S.C., where he was to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science in December. In January of this year, to enhance his education in the field of politics, Rick worked as a staff volunteer for CNN and their coverage of the presidential election. He also was formerly employed by Sawgrass Gold Course, Ponte Verda, Fla. Member of Joyline Ministries, Patton. At the age of 17, “Slick” was a recipient of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was afforded the honor of attending professional golf lessons at the renowned French Lick Springs Resort in French Lick, Ind. He was so honored by this privilege that he went on to found “Slick’s Golf Classic,” chairing the event for several years, which raised over $21,000 to donate back to the foundation to benefit other “Wish Kids.” Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria. Pastor Joyce Mitchell will celebrate the service. Interment, St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rick’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation or the Northern Cambria Public Library. In honor of “Slick,” honor life and become an organ donor.
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