Richard E. Tarbert

June 13, 1932 ~ March 28, 2018 (age 85)

age 85, of Mount Lebanon, formerly of Scott Twp. passed away on Wednesday, March 28.  Born June 13, 1932 in Wilkinsburg, PA, he was the only child of the late Paul and Ethel Pearl (Van Ryn) Tarbert. He was a 1950 graduate of George Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, PA.  While serving as a young Marine, he married his sweetheart, Dorothy Kusserow, of Dormont, PA, whom he met while he attended the University of Pittsburgh.  Together, they raised a family of five boys.  After leaving the Corps as a 1st Lt, Richard worked as a Research Engineer for Alcoa Corp and got into the field of water and waste water treatment at Calgon Corp.  Then, his work with the U. S. Steel Corporation pushed him into Environmental Engineering.  He finished his career working for NUS, Halliburton, then Brown and Root, performing environmental audits of DOE facilities across the nation.  A man of intellectual pursuits, Richard was a life-long avid reader, and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles - in pen. In 2010, Dorothy preceded Richard in death after 55 years of marriage.  He is survived by their five sons, Donald (Val) Tarbert of Pittsburgh, PA, James (Clarice) Tarbert of Pittsburgh, PA, Edward (Angie) Tarbert of Richmond, VA, Brian (Mary Ann) Tarbert of Bethel Park, PA, and David Tarbert of Loogootee, IN; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law the Reverend Ralph (Carol) Kusserow, of Zelienople, PA, and sister-in-law Ruth Kusserow of Dormont, PA, and their families. Visitation will be at Laughlin Cremation & Funeral Tributes, 222 Washington Road Mount Lebanon, PA 15216. Tuesday April 3 from 6  – 8 PM and Wednesday April 4 from 2PM - 4 and 6 – 8 PM. A life-long Lutheran, services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave. Carnegie, PA 15106 at 10 AM on Thursday April the 5th.(Everyone Will Meet at Church).  Burial will follow at Mount Lebanon Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation ( or the Baptist Homes Society ( The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Baser and her staff at Allegheny Neurological Associates for the treatment of his Parkinsons. We would also like to thank the staff at both Providence Point and Baptist Homes for the excellent care and being like family to him after the passing of Dorothy.


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