Richard E. Gundlach, D.D.S., 80, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 3, 1933, in Belleville, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
After serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Gundlach practiced dentistry in Belleville, Ill., for 40 years. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., the Men of St. Joseph at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Cenacle of Divine Mercy, the Third Order of St. Francis, a Vandalia prayer group, and a Pana prayer group.
He was a past member of the Wet Birds Social Club, the Rotary Club, and St. Clair Country Club, and had served as president of the Lions Club. Richard was a member of the Bonzi Boys Ski Club, the Belleville Health & Sports Club and the Malibu Shores Condominium Association at the Lake of the Ozarks. He enjoyed water-skiing, snow-skiing, boats, motorcycles, airplanes, music and playing golf.
Dr. Gundlach was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Richard Gundlach and Terence Andrew Gundlach; his parents, Beno J. and Anna E., nee Theiss, Gundlach; a brother, John (Catherine) Gundlach; and a nephew, Karl Gundlach.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Patricia B., nee Barr, Gundlach, whom he married on Aug. 22, 1959, in West Frankfort, Ill.; two daughters, Nancy (William E. III) Miller of Alton, Ill., and Denise (John William Jr.) Wottowa of Columbia, Ill.; and four grandchildren, William E. Miller IV, Mary Patricia Miller, Jack Richard Wottowa, and Margo Barr Wottowa.
Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery, 300 North 60th St., Belleville, Ill. 62223 or in the form of Masses at the Poor Clare Monastery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 8707 West Main St., Belleville, Ill. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a Third Order of St. Francis prayer service.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Father Matthew Elie, Monsignor William McGhee, and Father Stanley Konieczny concelebrating. Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 25, 2014