Richard Francis Stalzer

(October 23rd, 1936 - July 21st, 2016)

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Richard Francis Stalzer, age 79, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his Ozark home surrounded by family. He was born October 23, 1936 the son of the late Joseph A. and Charlotte A. Stalzer.  In 1959, he graduated from the Catholic University of American in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and married Diane Marie (Deitering) on June 6, 1959.  As a Captain in the United States Air Force, Richard was a fighter pilot and base engineer stationed on active duty from 1959 - 1963 and reserve duty until 1970.  After finishing his service, Richard returned to Illinois where he and Diane raised their five children, Richard F. Jr. and wife Rose, Timothy J. and wife Lana, Elizabeth J. and husband Richard, Michael E. and wife Shannon and Joseph A. and wife Sheila. Richard was also a professional engineer and registered land surveyor, owning his own firms in both Chicago and Ozark. Richard remained an active consultant until his passing. Richard is survived by his loving wife Diane and his five children, thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brother Kenneth R. and wife Bonnie and sister Geraldine Pellegrini, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Rev. Joseph A. Stalzer, and granddaughter Magdalyn.

Dad (Gramps), words cannot express our love for you and appreciation for all that you have done for each of us and many others.  Not one to follow, you lead your family with love, wisdom, and respect. Thank you!


A memorial service with full military honors will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. until service time Thursday in the funeral home.  Online condolences may be shared at

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