Richard Frank Gentile

August 25, 1947 - January 11, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 70 Loving Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and friend

Richard Frank Gentile, age 70, of Kennett Square, PA, died Thursday January 11, 2018 at Neighborhood Hospice surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Sheila Connolly Gentile, who died very recently on January 5, 2018, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Frank and the late Carmela Ann (Arecchi) Gentile.  Mr. Gentile served our country for 44 years, including service during the Vietnam War and Haiti. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Command Sergeant Major in 2010.  He was a graduate of Fordham University.

Richard had a long career in sales and marketing, working with several companies including DuPont in Wilmington, DE, VWR in West Chester, PA, and Thermo-Orion in Beverly, MA.

Rich enjoyed fishing and golfing, along with spending time with his military friends and his grandchildren. He was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Wawa coffee.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Gentile and his wife Susan of Oxford, PA, and Brian Gentile and his wife Sue of Glenmoore, PA; one daughter, Ellen Riegel and her husband Mike of Claymont, DE; two brothers, John Gentile and his wife Gail of Brooklyn, NY and Robert Gentile and his wife Robin of Naples, FL; seven grandchildren, Connor, Cameron, Kayla, Braden, Morgan, Michael and Max, and one great-granddaughter, Ava.

You are invited to visit with Richard and Sheila’s family and friends from 6-8PM Monday January 15, 2018 and 10-11AM Tuesday January 16 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Richard and Sheila’s life celebration funeral service will follow at 11AM.  Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd Wilton, NH 03086. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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January 15, 2018 6-8PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


January 16, 2018 10-11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Service

January 16, 2018 11AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. CSM Rich Gentile was one of my role models and mentors when I first joined C Co, 1st Bn, 11th SFGA as a young captain in 1985. Throughout the many years I associated with him, I always valued his opinion and leadership, his sense of humor, and his technical expertise. I will miss you, old friend!

    Maj Gen (US Army, Retired) Christopher Leins | June 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM
  2. CSM Rich Gentile was one of my role models and mentors when I joined C Co, 1st BN, 11th SFGA in 1985. Through the years I associated with him, I always valued his opinions, sense of humor, and technical knowledge. I will miss you, old friend!

    Maj Gen (US Army, Retired) Christopher Leins | June 12, 2018 at 12:24 PM
  3. Rich and my husband Frank who died in April were dear friends. With all his medical problems he drove to Brigantine NJ
    to attend Franks funeral. He was a wonderful man whom my husband loved dearly I
    am so sad for your loss

    Diane Rosamilia | March 22, 2018 at 6:03 PM
  4. I met Rich in 1988 on a business trip. He wound up being an incredibly close friend over these many years. I had the honor to spend many times with both Rich and Sheila. I also had the pleasure to attend Ellen’s wedding and meet the Gentile clan. I miss them both but know with all my heart that they are in a perfect place of light and peace with our Lord. It is such a comfort that after the battles that they have fought, that they are now at peace with no more pain, no more anxiety, no more fears. I look forward to seeing them again one day. One of the wonderful treasures that I have is a little book entitled “The Treasure of a Friend” by C.D. Prentice. Rich sent this to me a few years ago when I was going through some trials. I hold this book dear to my heart, but mostly I hold his friendship close to my heart. I thank God for friends and Rich was the BEST!!
    To Michael, Brian and Ellen, know how incredibly proud Rich was of you all including the grand kids. May God show you His Grace in your time of grieving. Love Bob and Barb Hill

    Bob Hill | February 9, 2018 at 10:53 PM
  5. Rich your SF Medic’s group is going to miss you and my prayers go out for your family with the loss of Rich and Sheila. Don Weichold was the senior NCO with our stateside Ft. Sam Houston class and as a fellow New Yorker kept an eye on Rich in RVN . Bill Aschenbach who we also just lost, as Lin just noted got the group back together for a number of first reunions that she and Bill hosted. Julian Aguilar (who we lost in 2014) hosted us at one reunion at Ft. Sam Houston and Don hosted us in Las Vegas. Richie graciously hosted the group at Ft. Bragg in 2014 and made great arrangements to visit our old training facilities that were all modernized. Rich was the consummate soldier, always the strac trooper…folding changes of clothes in the trunk of his car. However, he always got lost in Fayetteville. Those many reunion memories strengthened our bond as brothers forever.

    Steven Crouthamel | February 9, 2018 at 3:08 PM
  6. I met Richie when he was a PFC and I an SFC and class leader. Lucky for us both I had enough political pull to know when he would arrive in Vietnam and was able to drive to Camran and picked him up from the plane. I knew of his abilities, honesty and desires to do a great job. He proved me right on so many occasions that it would take me pages to tell of his worth, May God Bless and care for him. His friend for ever. I will never forget him. Soldier and Hero.

    Don Weichold His friend. Sergeant Major (Ret) | January 27, 2018 at 11:45 AM
  7. My heartfelt condolences to the entire large family Rich & Shiela left as their legacy…I lost my husband Bill Aschenbach January 3, 2018. My husband Bill and Rich were very close friends both trained and served in Viet Nam…there is a small close knit group of these guys my Bill managed to search and find close to 25 years ago, and they bonded once again…Bill and I held reunions 5 years in a row back in New Jersey and I cooked for days and left these guys enjoy their love for one another and rekindle and have long talks…I stayed in the background knowing only somewhat what they went through serving our country theses American Heroes…Bill and Rich have both been sick far too many years and suffered; each trying to hold each other up and were both brave to their very end when the Angels came for them. For me it was heartbreaking and yet a beautiful journey helping a loved one let go…they both were in different Hospice residences…May your beautiful family find joy like me knowing they are truly resting in peace and suffering no more….We will always have a broken heart, and never have to get over this loss…just learn to live through it. May Rich and Shiela rest in peace at last. And may these two buddies enjoy being together once again. Hugs

    Lin Aschenbach | January 19, 2018 at 9:13 PM
  8. I met Rich in 1990 at Ft Dix in the 11th SF Group. He mentored me through Airborne School and afterwards. What a wonderful person. My deepest sympathies for his family.

    Matt Keating | January 17, 2018 at 2:48 PM
  9. I was blessed to serve with CSM Gentile in the U.S. Army Reserves. His devotion to his soldiers was as if he were their guiding angel. It was always them first and everything was about taking care of their welfare. Having been an enlisted airman in the USAF I held him in great esteem. It was as if he was there to also protect me as well as his younger soldiers. When I found out about his medical problems I told him that I would add him to my daily prayers for God to protect him. I guess God needed him elsewhere. Please be sure to continue to honor him by visiting his final resting place in Arlington. God willing, I will go to see him. I can not imagine how the family feels about his loss. And when I finally read in detail, the loss of his Wife? There is pain that can be endured, but this is not one.

    (LTC)(R) Charles T. DeTulleo | January 15, 2018 at 4:48 PM
  10. To the Gentile family, we are so sorry for your losses. Despite Rich’s illness, he was a fighter through it all, and never lost his sense of compassion, humor, or his willingness to help others with words of encouragement. I will hold the many memories of Rich dearly, and will truly miss him.

    Wayne and Linda Steltz and family | January 15, 2018 at 9:38 AM
  11. My condolences to the Gentile family and all of Rich’s comrades in Company C, 1st Bn., 11th SFGA. CW4 (Ret) Pete McDermott, HHC, 11th SFGA.

    Peter J McDermott | January 14, 2018 at 11:27 PM
  12. To cousin Richard and Sheila’s entire family our deep sympathy. We are saddened to hear of their passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find strength together in your memories. Thinking of you with love, Marlene, Rob, Christina, Alexa and Robby and Marissa Arecchi

    Marlene and Robert Arecchi | January 14, 2018 at 8:27 PM
  13. It was an honor to know you.
    Ed Preisendanz

    Edward Preisendanz | January 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM
  14. Bob and Robin….. so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you both. Marvetta and Vivian

    Vivian Dahir | January 12, 2018 at 3:12 PM
  15. Bob and Robin, are deepest sympathy, may he rest in paradise!!🙏

    Christina Martin | January 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM
  16. Dear Brian, My heart goes out to you and your family. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss times 2!!! Thoughts and prayers go with you!
    Love ,
    Rosemary Schaedler

    Rosemary Schaedler | January 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM
  17. To the Gentile family: I do not know you, but want to send my condolences to you. It’s bad enough losing one parent, but to lose two in the same week is just so devastating. All I can do is pray for comfort and healing and pray God gives you strength to live with the fond memories that your wonderful parents left behind. Sending hugs and prayers! Linda Hughes

    Linda Hughes | January 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM
  18. Brian,
    My deepest sympathy for you and your family on your loss. Will keep you in my thoughts!
    Antoinette Sr.

    Antoinette Alitto | January 12, 2018 at 9:10 AM
  19. He was a friendly, kind, and s wonderful grandfather. I am very sorry for your loss

    Marie Malchione | January 12, 2018 at 6:59 AM
  20. Farewell Rich, see you on the other side.

    Rocco Denote | January 12, 2018 at 6:21 AM

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