Richard J. “Dick” Utecht
January 15, 1930 – June 6, 2021
Born in Munising, Michigan. He is survived by wife of 71 years, Wanda; daughter, Greta; son, Rick; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, June 12th at 11am at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th Street. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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A great ride…
Richard “Dick” Utecht was born on January 15, 1930 on the shore of Lake Superior in Munising, Michigan. Born and raised a “Yooper“, he retained his love of the north country and all things connected with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Up until his death Dick followed events in his old home town and was even able to point out his old elementary school and the first house he could remember living in as a child. On January 21, 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Wanda.
After running his own garage, Dick decided to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University. Upon graduation in 1959, he was hired by Sioux Tools out of Sioux City, Iowa and eventually became the national sales manager, selling electric and pneumatic tools designed for use in the auto and manufacturing industry. Dick retired from Sioux Tools in 1996.
Self-described as “an old car guy”, Dick restored several classic cars, including a 1936 Packard and his latest love, a 1948 Buick convertible special. The sale of his 1936 Packard allowed him to buy his beloved Beechcraft Bonanza airplane in 1977, much to Wanda’s surprise. He flew his bird for both work and pleasure for the next 24 years. As a member of the “Quiet Birdmen” He also selflessly used his Bonanza to fly children with severe burns and injuries to Shriners Hospitals around the country. Dick loved children, and he loved helping them. His reputation throughout the community was one of quiet humble service.