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“I was surprised to learn of Rick´s passing. He was a great guy and fantastic chef, and he will be sorely missed. My condolences to the Walden...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Michael Gragan

“We loved our biking breaks at Waldens. It was a treat to stop and eat with the `family´ at your restaurant. Thinking of all of you. So sad. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Karen and Buz Jones

“You've been a member of my family for a long time. You have a heart of gold - the most amazing selfless man I know. We won't be the same without you....Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Courtney Lowe - Philadelphia, PA

“Dearest Penny, it's Sunday and I just learned of Rick's passing. I am so saddened and want you all to know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Denise Lewellyn - Other

“Penny, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Sending you a virtual hug. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Cathy Donohue - Schaumburg, IL

“After Bill and I were married, the first time I saw you I got a big hug and the first Lil Sis of my life. You welcomed me and always made me laugh. I...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Walden - Columbus, OH

“dearest dumpy, you'll be forever missed, ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Judy matijevich/,Kashuba - PA

“Rick was a special person to know and I had great memories with him. We sure lost a good guy for sure.he will be missed. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Bernie Slay - Joffre, PA - Friend

“Richard was a member of the Burgettstown Presbyterian Church Family ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Joan Casey - Pittsburgh, PA

“Sincere Condolences to Penny & Ricks Family ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Joan Casey - Pittsburgh, PA

“Was a pleasure knowing you, a joy in our lives! Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father! Until we meet again! Bernadette and Ben Gariglio. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Bernadette Gariglio - Grandy, NC

“He was a very special guy he was well love and missed ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Lorie Trevena - Burgettstown, PA

“The Dowiak's wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Ricky's family. Always friendly and kind, we enjoyed our interactions with Rick while dining...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Patty Dowiak - Burgettstown, PA

“I am so sorry to hear this! Rick was the best guy & friend. He will be so so missed. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Griffith - Burgettstown, PA

“So very sorry to hear this sad news. My sympathies to the entire family. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: John Zuemie - Friend

“A great friend to all, Rick will be sorely missed. Rest peacefully my friend, until we meet again. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Leo Donovall - Warren, PA

“Dear Walden FamilyMy deepest in the loss of your brother. He was a great guy and a wonderful cook. My favorite item on the menu was his French Toast....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Marilyn Cipranic - Burgettstown, PA

Richard Lynn Walden, 66, passed away unexpectedly of a cardiac releated issue on Wednesday October 20, 2021 in the Washington Hopsital.
Also known as "Chef Rick" or "Dumpy", Richard was born and raised in Burgettstown. After graduating from Union High School in 1973 and attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) until 1975, Richard worked at J&L Steel until 1982. He then attended the Pennsylvania Institue of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he relocated to Fort Myers, FL, working at Sun Dial Beach and Tennis Resort on Sanibel Island.
After returning to Burgettstown in 1993, Richard and his brother Henry joined together to form "It's a Secret" cheesecake company. During that time, Richard worked at Burgetstown restaurants Bergs and Bad Dogs. In 2011, Richard and his sister Penny opened Walden's Restaurant.
In addition to cooking, Richard loved music and mentoring others. While in school, he was a member of the band, chorus, and the church choir. And in his later years, he LOVED to sing at Karaoke. He was an active member of the Big Brothers and Sisters program while attending IUP and living in Florida.
Richard is survived by his siblings, Charles Jr. (Marcella) of Burgettstown, Phyllis "Penny" of Burgettstown, William (Heather) of Columbus, OH, Kelly Walden-Davis of Los Angeles, CA, Melissa Davis of Burgettstown, his nephews, Robert Walden (Sarah DeFino) and Jarod Davis, his nieces Brianna, Jordan, and Isabella Davis, and great niece Rowan Alice Walden. In addition to this, Richard leaves behind an extended family through relationships that he developed in the community, but especially from cooking at the family's restaurant and other restaurants he worked in.
Friends will be received from 2:00 p.m until the time of a Memorial Service officiated by Rev. Cinda Isler at 4:00 p.m on Saturday October 23, 2021 in the Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Those wishing to remember Rick in a special way can make a memorial donation in his memory to Big Brothers Big Sisters.