Richard V. (Rich) Petershack of Oconomowoc, WI formerly of Richardson, TX, Brookfield, WI and West Allis, WI, was called home June 5, 2015, at the age of 87. He was born April 1,1928 to Victor and Marie Petershack. After a long, and very active life, he died peacefully as a result of a brief illness. He was predeceased by his dear wife of 53 years, Dolores. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Anne, his seven children, Rick Petershack (special friend Darcy Williams), Rob (Kim) Petershack, Kathleen (Jeff) Dagenhardt, Ken (Liz) Petershack, Lori (Dave) Birchbauer, Larry (Kristie) Petershack, and Dave (Jean) Petershack, and Mary Anne’s children, Tom (Wendy) Pyszczynski, Rick (Linda Lenz) Pyszczynski and Cathy (Tom) Lidwin.
He is further survived by 12 grandchildren Ben (Rene), Katy (John), Dallas (Sam), AJ, Dani, Paige, Aidan, Brooks, Gregory, Matthew, Declan and Claire, and Mary Anne’s two grandchildren, Ryan and Marya, his great granddaughter Elaina and one soon to be born great grandson.
He is also survived by his brother Victor Petershack (Kathleen), his sister Sylvia Murn (James Garnes), his sister-in-law Cill Collins and many more cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends in addition to his faithful companion, his dog Spooky.
Rich graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, then enlisted in the US Army (at age 17) to fight in WWII. He was on a ship heading to Okinawa for the invasion of Japan when WWII ended, and finished the remainder of his army life as part of the occupying force in Yamagata, Japan. A medaled veteran, Rich achieved the rank of Sergeant Major before his Honorable Discharge. He used the GI Bill to begin his college studies at Michigan Tech University before transferring to Marquette University where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Through friends he met Dolores and started his family in West Allis. He was employed for many years as an engineer at Allis-Chalmers in West Allis before obtaining his Professional Engineer’s certification and joining with friends and fellow engineers to start his own business, Pro-File, Inc. During that time, Rich and Dolores lived in Brookfield, in a home he designed, that was built to suit his growing family (eventually, seven children). Ultimately, he took a job with Waldes Kohinoor, Inc. of Long Island City, NY. Waldes transferred him to Richardson, TX as their Senior Vice President of National Sales. He worked for Waldes until his retirement.
After Dolores’ passing, he relocated back to Wisconsin moving closer to his family. Making his home in Oconomowoc proved to be a blessing to his family and friends. Little did he know that this move would result in him finding the next love of his life, Mary Anne, whom he married in August 2012.
Family and faith were the two most important things to Rich. The many family gatherings were a strong testament to his love. Providing a strong Catholic education and foundation for his children was paramount. He loved nature -- especially watching thunderstorms “roll in” -- and provided a warm home for animals throughout his life. Rich was an avid golfer and never missed an opportunity to get out on the course. He has probably already played a couple rounds in heaven! He also enjoyed his regular trips to Potawatomi Casino with Mary Anne.
His final spoken words were “I love you all very much!"
In lieu of flowers, you can send donations to his favorite charities: St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, WI 53029, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Inc.), 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188, or to a charity of your choice.
Visitation to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St Charles Catholic Church in Hartland from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow.
A deeply faithful, well-spoken, quiet man, Richard was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa who will be forever missed and remembered.