Surrounded by his loving family, Richard C. Lennertz Sr., 86, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his residence. Born in Racine, July 24, 1930, Richard was son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Nee: Regas) Lennertz.
Richard graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1950 and then he attended Marquette University. During the Korean War, he proudly served his country in the United States Army as a combat zone survey expert. He was a journeyman meat cutter at age 18 and was employed as an accountant at J.I. Case Company for over 20 years. He was a member of the J.I. Case Company 20-Year-Club, Korean War Veteran’s Chapter 227, Racine Yacht Club, Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine, member and longtime board member of the Racine Zoological Society and served as a Boy Scout
Leader for many years. Richard practiced his strong faith at St. Mary by the Lake Catholic Church. A special highlight of his golden years included visiting Washington D.C. twice, once with the Veteran’s Honor Roll and with the accompaniment of his two daughters for his 80th birthday. His love for the great outdoors including fishing and hunting which was shared with his brother, Don, his children and grandchildren. He will be best remembered for his profound love and devotion to his family.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Rosemary; his children, Catherine (Mark) Zlevor, Dr. Richard (Jennifer) Lennertz Jr., Lisa (Alan) Grodey; his grandchildren, Don (Kelly) Zlevor, Erik (Kate) Zlevor, Dr. Richard (Sara) Lennertz III, Ross Lennertz, Jenna (Robb) Stoner, Jack Lennertz, Will Lennertz, Molly Grodey (Andrew Morin); his great-grandchildren, Noah Richard Zlevor, Grant William Zlevor, Ivy Lennertz, Julia Stoner; sister, Antoinette (Harry) Filz; sister-in- law and brother-in- law, Elaine (Donald) Svehla; special furry friend, Oliver; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald (Dolores) Lennertz; sister, Lois Menden; father-in- law and mother-in- law, Ervin and Marie Sheldon; brother-in- law, Kenneth Estenson; and special Uncle Andrew Regas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, 7605 Lakeshore Drive, with Rev. Stephen Stradinger officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m. and at 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Please offer a stranger a smile or provide an act of kindness in Richard’s memory.
The family extends a special thank you to all of his caring doctors and nurses, staff at Vitas Hospice, and Heather from Bright Star for their loving and compassionate care.
He is off fishing and hunting with his beloved brother Don. Please remember him whenever you are out enjoying nature or hear a pheasant call. Richard wishes everyone a day 2 steps beyond fabulous!