Richard J. "Dick" Mollwitz

Richard J. "Dick" Mollwitz, 83, of West Bend, entered into eternal peace on Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 at SynergyHealth St. Josephís Hos-pital.

Dick was born on May 11, 1924 in Sacramento, Calif. to Fred August and Collette Mary (nee Geniesse) Mollwitz.

Dick was baptized in November of 1924 at Evangelical Lutheran Advent Church in Mil-waukee with Pastor Schubarth officiating and as his grandmother, Bertha Mollwitz sponsoring.

On May 22, 1938, Dick was confirmed at Luther Memorial Chapel in Shorewood by Pastor O.F. Engelbrecht.

After graduating from Shore-wood High School in 1942, he enlisted with the United States Air Force during World War II. Dick spent two years in Europe with the 27th Air Transport Group.

He earned the rank of Tech Sergeant and served as a radio operator on C-47 transport planes. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 17, 1945, and was awarded the Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Campaign Medal, four battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

Following the war, he received a Bachelor of Business Adminis-tration Degree from the Universi-ty of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949.

On Dec. 17, 1955, he married Betty Jane Engeleiter at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend with Pastor Waldemar D. Sauer officiating.

Dick was employed at the West Bend Co. as sales manager for 37 years.

He served as a member of the West Bend Recreation Depart-ment Commission, the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, various church committees and the Park Place Condos Board of Directors. Dick also served as treasurer of the West Bend Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

With a life-long interest in amateur sports as player, coach and fan, Dick spent 56 years in fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball.

In 1984, he was recognized with the "Doc Gonring" Softball Award.

Dick will be deeply missed by his loving children, Julie M. Brenegan of Grapevine, Texas, Fred (Cindy) Mollwitz of Mequon, Robert (Jamie) Mollwitz of Dublin, Ohio and Tim (Maggie) Mollwitz of West Bend; his nine cherished grandchildren; a brother, Robert L. Mollwitz of Fairborn, Ohio; and his sister-in-law, Ida Mae Mollwitz of West Bend.

He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives and many dear friends.

Dick was greeted at the gates of heaven by his loving wife, Betty J. Mollwitz; his parents; his brother, Fred; and sister-in-law, Suzette Mollwitz.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon at St. Johnís Evangeli-cal Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend.

A funeral service will be held at the church on Wednesday at noon with Rev. Jeff Dorth officiating.

Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend.

Interment will be in Washing-ton County Memorial Park, West Bend.

If so desired, memorials are appreciated to St. Johnís Evan-gelical Lutheran Church.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family