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Obituary: Richard R. Gietzel

Oct 21, 2015 09:21PM ● Published by Jim

Richard R. Gietzel, 66 years old, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at his home.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Koepsell – Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam. A visitation will also be held on Friday, October 23rd from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens in the township of Trenton.

There will also be a memorial service on Sunday, Nov. 1st at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 S. Wisconsin Ave., Rice Lake, WI. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Richard was born on October 30, 1948 to Hilbert H. & Dolores L. (Heling) Gietzel in Beaver Dam, WI. He is a 1966 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Richard was employed by the Dept. of Transportation from 1970 until 2007, retiring as the district manager.

Richard was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rice Lake.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting at the cottage near Tomahawk.

Richard is survived by his daughter Amy (Jason) Barneson of Elk Mound, WI; his son Scott Gietzel of Rice Lake; his brother Chuck (Jan) Gietzel of Madison; his sisters Carol (John) Willihnganz of Oshkosh and Kay (Mike) Ptaschinski of Beaver Dam; his former wife Judy Schnacky of Rice Lake; his former mother and father-in-law Fran and Jim Reed of Pembine, WI; former sister-in-law Barb (Neal) Borkenhagen of Germantown, his former brother-in-law Bob (Kathy) Reed of Dunbar; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 S. Wisconsin Ave., Rice Lake, WI  54868.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com

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