Our beloved father, husband, grandfather and brother, Richard Karl Ernst Kretzschmann, returned to his Heavenly Parents on Monday, August 28, 1995, as he approached his 89th birthday.
Richard lived a long, full life, a life filled with joy and sorrows. He never became wealthy, but always had enough. Everything he did, he did well. His family was his life, and he gave of himself and his resources most generously. Grandpa will be sorely missed by all who knew him.Born September 22, 1906, in Leipzig, Germany, he was the son of Ernst Kretzschmann and Clara Schaaf. On April 20, 1945, he married Adina R. Blechschmidt in Meerane, Germany. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, after immigrating to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1953.
He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many positions, including branch president in Germany, bishopric counselor, Scoutmaster, executive secretary, finance clerk, and dedicated home teacher, holding the office of High Priest.
Richard loved his work as a design engineer, retiring as a mechanical engineer from Hercules, Inc. in 1972, and continuing to work independently for Cordin Company and others until 1982. His inventions and innovations benefited many. In addition, he developed his talents as a calligraphy artist and found great joy in sharing his artwork with others. He also loved his garden and fruit trees, a love he inherited from his father.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Adina; his daughter, Sonja K. Nesbitt and her husband, Robert, of Taylorsville; his son, Le Roy and his wife, Jill, of West Jordan; sister-in-law, Gertrud Egan of Salt Lake City; grandchildren, Martin, Scott, Wendy, Angela, Deborah, Carrie, and Toni, and relatives in Germany.
Many thanks go to members of the Hawthorne Ward, Surgerhouse Stake, and the Hospice organization, especially to Nurse Sue Ann Overfelt, for their friendship and service.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 1st, 12 noon, at the Hawthorne Ward Chapel, 808 East Roosevelt Avenue (1450 So.). Friends may call at the Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, on Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the chapel on Friday, one hour prior to services.
Burial at the Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road.
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