RICHARD M. "RICK" KELTSCH
1946 - 2011
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RICHARD "RICK" M. KELTSCH, 64, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Born Sept. 1, 1946, he was President and CEO with Keltsch Bros. Pharmacy, a regional pharmacy chain. during his tenure as President of Keltsch Bros., he created a profitable and growing business which was merged with a Fortune 100 company. In 2001, he became a founding partner of the investment banking firm Ruffolo Benson, LLC and of the angel capital fund Main Street Venture Fund, LLC. He was also a partner in numerous manufacturing companies including Bowmar, LLC and New Era Ohio, LLC. He was an experienced turn around executive. "He will be missed by his partners." He was a graduate of Indiana University and advanced programs at the Cornell School of Business. He served as a Board member for the Civic Theatre, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home and Junior Achievement. He loved his children and grandchildren, whom he and Jennie visited every year in France, Texas, and California. He was a devoted Anglophile, collecting British books, movies and TV shows. He and Jennie annually visited England on the way to France. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennie Keltsch; son, Mike (Nicole) Keltsch of San Ramone, Calif.; daughter, Kriss (Olivier) LaComme of France; stepson, Chad (Amanda) Lewton of Round Rock, Texas; brother, Steve (Ann) Keltsch of Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Karen (Rod) Butler and Susan (Rod) Hoffman, both of Fort Wayne; stepbrother, Glen (Kim) Wight of Warsaw; stepsisters, Linda (Tim) Harmon of Granger and Wendy Wight of Fort Wayne; stepmother, Jane Keltsch of Fort Wayne; mother-in-law, Gloria Byerley of Fort Wayne; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Don Keltsch. Service is 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. Dr. Larry Merino officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, the Civic Theatre or American Cancer Society. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 25, 2011.
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March 27, 2011
We were shocked and greatly saddened to hear of Rick's death. We knew Rick in high school (when he delivered prescriptions for Keltsch's) and as a young adult. Alan worked as a pharmacist for Keltsch's and we were privileged to know the family. What an energetic, bright, and fascinating young man Rick was. What a loss for everyone to have him gone so soon. We are so sorry.
Alan and Phyllis Crill
March 25, 2011
After college graduation, it was Rick who helped me get my first job. I've always been grateful to him for that. So sorry to learn of his passing. Thinking of you all with prayer...
CeCe Busche
March 25, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
LINDA
March 25, 2011
I've known Rick for over 30-years. I found him to be a man of honor. I worked with him on a couple of projects, It was a great pleasure to know him and work with him. I will always remember him and respect him as a person. My sincere regrets. "Gone too soon."

Pat White
WGL AM 1250
Pat white
March 25, 2011
Jennie, we are so sorry to here of Rick passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God Bless, Kristi & Mike Beard
Kristi Beard
March 25, 2011
Dear Jennie, I am so sorry to hear the news of Rick. From the bike riding days of yester year to working in the same office building, it was always fun chatting with him. I will miss him. I am praying for you.
Kathy Boling
March 25, 2011
A MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.MAY THE LOVE YOU SHARE AS A FAMILY BE STRENGTH, AND MAY IT HELP TP KNOW THAT THERE ARE CARING HEARTS WHO SHARE IN YOUR SORROWS,AND ARE BUT A SHOULDER AWAY. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. DEB LAWRENCE & EDDIE HEARVEY,AND FAMILY, SHELIA AND FAMILY IN NEW YORK. LOVE AND MISS YOU JENNIE.PRAYERS ARE IN WORKING.
DEB LAWRENCE HEARVEY
March 25, 2011
Dear Keltsch Family,
Sorry to learn of the death of Rick Keltsch. He was my boss and I thanked him for the opportunity to work as a pharmacist for Keltsch Brothers...May god bless him.
Rita Aboufadel
March 25, 2011
Jeannie, I am sorry, I know that Aunt Jean was at the Golden Gates with open arms waiting on Rickie to come in. You are in our thought and prayers. Love Ginger McKee
March 25, 2011
Rick helped Junior Achievement every year with our annual fund drive. I will miss working with him and seeing him regularly at the YMCA. He was a good man and we will miss him.

Stephen Hilker
Events Manager
Junior Achievement
Stephen Hilker
March 25, 2011
Jennie and Family. What a shock! I am so sorry to hear about Rick.
God Bless you Jennie, you are in our prayers. Mom and I were just talking about you on Wednesday night wondering if you would be going to the senior movie on Thursday. We are so sorry for your loss.
We love you Jennie.
Karen Hall and Barb Brown
Karen Hall
March 25, 2011
Jennie and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Rick. I just talked with him on Sunday. Such a shock. God Bless you Jennie. You are in my prayers.

Love,
Sandy
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