Richard “Dick” Lewis Poole, 81, of 6 Glencreek Drive, died Jan. 25, 2015 at his home. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late William L. and Hazel Hartzke Poole, he was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Greer. Dick’s grandfather, Roy Poole, was instrumental in sparking his interest in working with his hands. Roy took him with him, on school vacations and Saturdays, to his job sites as a plasterer. Dick used those skills and many more from books he read to construct decks and garages, do rewiring, and performed all other tasks needed in every home we owned. Roy also took him fishing off a pier on the Atlantic Ocean. His Aunt Margaret Poole encouraged him to continue his education after high school and provided funds for his first two years at Penn State University. Dick started a high school group of Habitat for Humanity Volunteers in Athens, Ohio, and continued volunteering for Habitat after retiring to South Carolina. His work years were all spent in education at the following: University of Buffalo, The Ohio State University, National College of Education in Illinois, Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Athens High School, Athens, Ohio. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Elsa Kornmuller Hunkins Poole of the home; two daughters, Christine M. Poole of Union, Kentucky and Jennifer Hill (Eddie) of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Marie and Megan Poole, Daniel and Emily Hill, Ollie Hill Schneemann (Cade); and great-grandchildren, Prather and Carter Schneemann. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at First Presbyterian Church, Greer, conducted by Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters and Rev. Wayne Cole. Visitation will be held after the service at the church. The family respectfully request that flowers be omitted and memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church Music Department, 100 School St., Greer, S.C. 29651 or Penn State University Library Fund, 510 Paterno Library, University Park, Penn. 16802. Thank you to the staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, for their care of and compassion for Richard and our family since the beginning of Dec. 2014. Online condolences may be made at thewoodmortuary.com.