Dick Unverzagt, 86, of Evansville passed away Thursday August 21, 2014 at his home. He was born November 18, 1927 in Evansville to the late Irwin and Mary Rose (Haffey) Unverzagt.
Dick was a Memorial High School graduate class of 1945. He attended The University of Notre Dame for 3 years and Evansville College for 1 year. He was an avid sportsman. He was the pitcher on Memorials City Champion softball team and the punter on the football team his junior and senior years. In tennis, Dick won the High School City Championships singles and doubles for 3 years. After graduating from Memorial he won Evansville singles and doubles, Southern Indiana singles and doubles, Southern Illinois doubles and Western Michigan singles. While at Notre Dame, in the residence hall tournament playing #1 position, he led his hall to the campus championship and in the process, he defeated the Notre Dame tennis teams #6, 7 and 8th players.
Switching to golf, in the Evansville City tournament he finished 4th, 6th and 8th twice. Later at Rolling Hills Country Club, in the over 77 age bracket, he swept the weekly tournament of 2 1/2 years. Visiting Notre Dame in 2013, the pros still remember Dick shooting a 71 at the age of 77 in 2004.
In the early '70 Billboard Magazine published a national survey about dance disc jockeys and when they began. Their findings said the "Big Apple" had the first three and the dates when they started. When the #1 started, Dick had already been working over 4 years, so he was the first dance disc jockey in the US. What gave his the most pleasure was the success of his Friday Night Dance at Central Turners for over 20 years and the co-founding of the Friday Nights Dance Club with over 150 member couples. Dick always had a special thanks to those who followed him from dance to dance.
In 2007 he was given 6 months to live because of cancer. With a special thanks to Dr. Edward Fox and his staff at Oncology Hematology Associates, he lived years longer.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Louise Unverzagt Wilson and brother, Paul T. Unverzagt.
Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel is handling the arrangements. There will be no visitation.
Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com
ZIEMER FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL
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Published in Courier Press on Aug. 31, 2014