Richard J (Dick) Venteicher entered into his eternal rest on April 6, 2021 at home, surrounded by family Private family Mass at All Saints Catholic Church. Following the continued guidance from health officials, physical distancing must be practiced which requires the use of facemasks or shields.
Dick was born March 6, 1935 in Carroll, Iowa. Son of John and Silvina Venteicher.
Dick proudly served and was educated in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959, serving in Japan for two years. Upon his return from service he was employed by Collins Radio until his retirement and was most proud of his involvement in the historic Apollo program.
Dick was united in marriage to Mary Pat Mergen on November 8, 1958 and to this union four children were born. Gwen (Tim) Strellner, Cedar Rapids; Laurie (Scott) Konecny, Fairfax; Matthew (Donna) Venteicher, Scottsdale AZ; John (Jodi) Venteicher, Cedar Rapids.
Dick was a giant in his dedication and loyalty to his family and faith and was very proud to be “Papa” to eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Very attentive to their Papa were: Jamie (Alex), Ben (Erin), and Jack Strellner; Luke (Heidi), Abbey (Justin), and McKenna (Max) Miller; Faye, Isabel, and Olivia Venteicher; Emma and Nile Venteicher. Some of his favorite visits were from his great grandchildren: Paisley, Barrett, Emmy, Marlo, Murphy, Cameron, and Baby Haas (July2021).
He was an avid Iowa State and Cubbie fan. But more than this he was the biggest fan of his children and grandchildren. Every event was a priority. Dick was always ready to go!!
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ginny Lynch.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to All Saints Church and the Mercy Foundation. The family would also like to thank all of the dedicated caregivers of Hall Perrine and Mercy Hospice.