Richard B. Wenzel


Richard B. Wenzel, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his home in Crystal Lake, Ill., surrounded by his loving family.

 Born in Marietta on Aug. 1, 1931, to the late Roy and Anna Wenzel, Dick grew up in Marietta. He was an outstanding athlete and graduated from Marietta College with a degree in geology.

He served four years in the United States Air Force before working in sales for Motorola for 27 years.

Dick will be remembered for his empathetic nature with an engaging personality and quick wit. Family was very important to him; he instilled a great sense of compassion for others. His love for his immediate and extended family was felt by all who knew him.

Richard had a great love for life and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  

In addition to his loving wife of 59 years, Nancy, he is survived by his children, Susan (Robert) Liva, Richard Jr. (Nancy), Clifford, and Britt (Jerri); beloved grandchildren, Robert and Louis Liva, Ted and Abbey Wenzel, Taylor Wenzel, and Jason, Kyle, Nicholas and Anna Wenzel; sister, Sophie Morris of Toledo; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, Ill.

Memorial donations may be made to the JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

Express condolences at or call the funeral home at (815) 459-3411 for information.