Richard Dean Meinzer, age 80, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, at home after suffering a sudden heart attack.
Richard (Dick) was born August 9, 1932 to Anna Skrenes Meinzer and Conrad Meinzer in Madison, WI. Dick was the oldest of four children.
Dick's 1st marriage was to Dorothy "Sal" Parmenter, and they had four children, David, Dean, Carlyn and Tommy. Dick and Sal later divorced. His 2nd marriage was Leonida "Dolly" Krenz. Together they owned and operated the North Star Tavern near Portage for a few years during the 1970's. Dick and Dolly moved to Hayward, WI where they owned and operated The Mixed Pines resort in Hayward until Dolly's death in 1982. Dick moved back to Madison and married Shirley Younger (his bleach bottle queen), a long-time family friend.
Dick worked at The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI, for 20 years where he developed many friendships and for many employees he was the "go-to guy." Dick was very knowledgeable, willing to share his many skills and talents with anyone who needed help with painting, carpentry, gardening, golfing and so much more.
Dick loved the outdoors. Dick and Shirley made many day trips around the state of Wisconsin that they both loved so much. Pack a lunch and off they'd go. They also enjoyed going to Hayward to see Dick's old friends. Dick developed and yearly added plants and flowers to the beautiful yard he created. Shirley liked being able to go to the garden and pick fresh veggies.
Dick was in the Navy during the Korean War from 1952 – 1956. He served on the destroyer The S.S. Duncan. Dick joined the VFW Post 8483 on Hwy CV in Madison and became a life-time member. Dick and Shirley volunteered at the post for many years. Dick helped clean, cook, paint and build the first garage and outdoor grill area.
Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman. In his younger years he spent a lot of time with his good friend "Bud" Knopf hunting, fishing and having a few beers. He was also a good golfer, which he started playing in his 40's. He enjoyed bowling on a team with his friend Norbert Oldenburg, and had a few beers. In his later years he golfed, shot pool, hunted and had a good time with what became his two best friends, "Dino" Syvrud and Dane Berres. The three D's bought a motor home together and had many great times hunting and camping and having a few beers. Dick and a fellow employee at the hotel, friend Kenny Wagner, hunted deer and turkeys on Dick's son's land in Richland Center where Dick built what he called his "hunting shack."
Dick loved watching the Badger football team, the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin girls' basketball games. Some preparation went into being an armchair quarter back. Appropriate shirt and hat, drink, chips, dips, veggies, cheese and sausage to keep up the energy to coach and yell at the players, coaches and refs.
Dick is survived by his wife, Shirley, sons David, Dean and Tommy. 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sister Carol Warner, aunt Joyce (Keith) Stich of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 6 step-children, 9 step-grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren, sister in-law Fayth (Bob)Kail, and many, many, shocked, disheartened friends. He was hard-working, generous, and kind, a lover of life and children. He loved his friends and animals, especially his dogs Runner and Coco. But, squirrels and rabbits, not so much. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Conrad, his only daughter Carlyn (at age 35), his 1st wife Sal, and 2nd wife Dolly.
A life of gratitude memorial for Dick will be held at VFW Post 8483, Hwy CV, Madison, WI on Sunday, June 23rd at 3:00 P.M. A 21-gun salute will be presented at 3:15 P.M. Opening prayer will be given by step-son Jocko Younger, retired 20-year Air Force veteran, from Eagle River, AK. Please join us and share your memories of Dick. A luncheon will follow.
Ryan Funeral Home
& Cremation Services
2418 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Fax: (608) 244-0782