In memory of

Richard Olerich

November 24, 1935 - July 5, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA
Richard Olerich

Richard Olerich

Born: November 24, 1935
Died: July 5, 2020
Age: 84
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   Richard Lawrence Olerich, age 84, of Wall Lake, IA, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.  Richard was born on November 24, 1935 to Leonard and Marie (Schulte) Olerich in Carroll Country, IA.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wall Lake.  Richard attended Wheatland #4 country school until the eighth grade, he later earned his GED.  He continued to stay on the farm to help his Dad and neighbors.  He then enlisted in the United States Army from 1956-1958.  He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington.  After being honorably discharged he was in the Army Reserves.

   Richard met the love of his life, Diane Berg and was united in marriage on April 18, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Arcadia, IA.  They lived their entire married life in Wall Lake.  They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.  This union was blessed with four children: Cheryl, David, Patti and Janet.  Richard worked at Schroeder Elevator, and then at Speed’s Auto Supply, as a mechanic for many years until he retired in 2000.  He was a member of the Wall Lake Fire Department for many years also.

   In Richard’s younger years, he and Diane attended many dances at the Arcadia Legion Hall.  He also enjoyed playing cards with their card club, hunting, and mostly fishing.  One of the highlights of Richard’s life was going on his yearly fishing trip to South Dakota to catch walleye with his family and friends.  Another highlight was taking all of his kids to Okoboji on the weekends, and teaching them all how to fish.  Many fun-filled weekends were spent at Grandpa Olerich’s Cabin.  “Gummer” would never turn down a shot of BV on a Saturday night.  He also enjoyed attending his children’s sporting events and later on came to many of the grandkids’ events.  Richard enjoyed spending time with all of his kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Diane Olerich of Wall Lake, IA; children: Cheryl Smith and husband Galen of Carroll, IA, David Olerich and fiancé Sherry Magee of LeGrand, IA, Patti Vlasin and her husband Pat of Grant, NE, and Janet Snyder and her husband Danny of Odebolt, IA; Grandchildren: Jesse (Becky) Smith, Kenzie Smith, McKayla (Brandon) Aschinger, Jeni (Matt) Struck, Megan (Bryce) Dooley, and Nick Snyder; Great-Grandchildren: Tyson Smith, Charlie and Emerson Aschinger, Kennedi and Evan Struck, and Parker and Kendal Dooley.  Other survivors include brother Roger Olerich, sister Rita Maddux, sister-in-law Lois Olerich, brother and sister-in-law Darrell and Pat Berg and brother-in-law Dennis Berg.

  Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Marie Olerich, brother Raymond Olerich and sister-in-law Marilyn Berg.

Tribute Video
Private Family Services
10:30 a.m., Wednesday 
July 8, 2020
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
Public Visitation
5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday 
July 7, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Wall Lake, Iowa
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“Diane and family-vern and I are so sorry to hear about Richard. Canít believe I just talked to you and Janet and the next day you lost him. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Vern and Mary Bruening ”
- Vern and Mary Bruce
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“Our deepest sympathy, Diane and family. ”
- Carl and Mary Snyder
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“To Diane, Cheri, David, Patti & Janet it broke my heart to learn of your loss. He was my big brother my entire life. I can remember coming home the army and our mom would throw one of her welcome home parties. Everybody came and what fun we had. I can remember you becoming a father for the first time. Your face shoned very bright. I saw us both growing older and getting gray hair, having our aches and pains.
I am gonna miss you big brother. Enjoy Heaven and fishing with Daddy. The memories I have of you will now become treasures for the rest of life. I love you!!”
- Rita Maddux (your little sister)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
- Mark Stoelk
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Diane & Family,
My deepest sympathy's on the loss of Richard. Although it has been several years since Richard came out to fix and service our tractors on the farm, I distinctly remember his witty "ornery" nature and how he brought fun to farming. He would pick on/at us younger kids and make us laugh. It was always fun when he came to our place. I also remember the family get together's we would trade off having in Wall Lake and Arcadia with the Olerich's. Great family time with the entire gang. Again, it's been a long time since those gatherings, but Richard's personality is as vivid in my mind today as it was back then. Be at peace knowing he made many good impressions on several of us youngsters on how to work hard and have fun doing it.
God Bless!”
- Rod Berg
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Thoughts and prayers for all of your family”
- Kay Stowe ( Marvin Olerich was my father)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Good Ole Gummer. Had a lot of good times at your house. Our sympathies..”
- Dan and Cindy Bieret
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Such a good man, friend and mentor. Loved the time I was so fortunate to spend with him, and the family. Prayers to everyone. Heaven gained a great guy and a better fisherman.
Dave, Karen and the Dreessen family from Sioux City.”
- David Dreessen
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Janet, We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad influential in your life. A dad teaches you courage, leadership and empathy. I know you've shared those qualities with others
May God grant you comfort and peace
Bev & Allan”
- Bev & Allan Yeager
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM
“Sorry to hear your lose, always enjoyed visiting with him.”
- Kenneth Schwanz
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