Richard Oertel, age 85, was born to eternal life on April 3, 2023. He was born March 16th, 1938.
Survived by his wife Lisa Oertel (Scherff) of 23 years. Loving father of Cory (Erik) Van de Wynckel, Krisi (Dave) Beardsley & Cyndi Brummer (Peter Laufer). Loving step-father of Ryan (Katie) Victory and Tyler Victory. Cherished grandfather of Melinda (Phil) Blake, Jon Blake, Jared (Krista) Gamache, Kaleigh Gamache, Paige Brummer & Morgan Brummer. Cherished step-grandfather of Elliot and Ava Victory. Cherished great-grandfather of Ethan, Ivee & Veda. Dear brother of Patricia Oertel.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Leone Oertel, Vera Lea, his first wife of 37 years and grandson Preston.
Many friends and relatives, beyond those listed here. Richard loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
He worked as the Regional Sales Manager with Hartz Mountain for the majority of his career. He was then self-employed after that in the Pet Supply Industry. In retirement he found passion in teaching classroom drivers-ed and providing car service. Richard earned his degree from MATC.
Richard enjoyed coaching his daughter's softball teams, traveling and going to movies - sometimes several times a week. His passion was his '73 and '99 Corvettes. He loved the Ozaukee County Corvette Club, car shows, long trips and the many friendships made while driving his Vette. Richard loved pancakes, popcorn, ice cream and Hostess cupcakes.
He was very proud of his military service and was excited to attend the Honor Flight in 2019. Last fall he was visited by the Combat Vets and Bill Michaels to honor him and his service.
During the last eight years he had many medical problems, but kept a positive attitude throughout. The family would like to especially thank his caregivers at Southpointe Nursing Home and Aurora Hospice.
We can be happy that Richard said "I've had one hell of a ride!"
A memorial gathering will be held at Hartson Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Memorial Service 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated.