Richard Stangl, 64
June 3, 1950 -- Nov. 25, 2014


Richard (Dick) Stangl of West Bend died Nov. 25, 2014 at the age of 64, surrounded by family after a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. Richard was born in Milwaukee on June 3, 1950, to the late Mary (nee Kulzick) and Frank Stangl. Richard graduated from Marquette University High School and Marquette University where he was a member of the Delta Upilson and Delta Sigma Pi fraternities. While at Marquette University, Richard met and married his wife of 44 years, Karen (nee Wabiszewski). Richard will be dearly missed by his loving wife; seven children, Frank (Terrie), Paul (Carolyn), Daniel, Claire, Margaret (Kevin) McWey, Anne (James) Ibach and Eva (Daniel) McCormack; 13 grandchildren; his brother, Dr. David P. Stangl (Helen); sister, Susan Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Immediately upon graduation from Marquette University, Richard began his career at the H.W. Weimer Co. in Milwaukee. He quickly advanced through the ranks and purchased portions of the private firm in 1975, and the remainder in 1980. Upon his death, Richard was chairman and chief executive officer of Weimer Bearing & Transmission, Inc. and Weimer Industries (Raffel Systems, Wisconsin Stamping & Manufacturing, Accurate Gear Works), which today remain private entities operated by the Stangl family. Richard was a founding partner and past chairman of the Independent Distributors Cooperative (IDC) headquartered in Indianapolis. He was a past director of The Northwoods State Bank and actively involved in numerous real estate and development activities.

Richard was a devout Roman Catholic and was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Milwaukee’s southside for over 30 years, a member of Catholics United for the Faith and a proud supporter of Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin. He was active in civic affairs and belonged to various organizations, among them, Rotary Club, Wisconsin Historical Society, Historic Milwaukee, Presidents Council of Froedtert Hospital, corporate advisory board of MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) and board member of St. Rose Youth and Family Center. Richard was active in conservative politics and was a member of the John Birch Society, past director of Americans For Prosperity and a director of Business for Wisconsin Jobs.

Richard was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycling. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Ruffed Grouse Society. He was a member of the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association, Delta Waterfowl and Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of the MSOE Executive Motorcycle group. Richard was a lifelong car enthusiast, and in recent years opened a classic car dealership (Masterpiece Motorcars) in Germantown. He was a member of the Austin Healey Club, The Jaguar Club and the Cadillac LaSalle Club.

Richard was a member of the Wisconsin Club and past member of the Milwaukee Curling Club and Milwaukee Athletic Club.

His most cherished times were spent with family and friends at the family farms in the town of Trenton where they resided for the past 40 years.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother Thomas.

Visitation will be at Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield (14075 W. North Ave.) on Monday, Dec. 1, from 3-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Parish, 1711 S. Ninth St., Milwaukee. Burial will immediately follow Mass at Forest Home Cemetery.