Richard John Stueber passed away peacefully at age 87 with his wife at his side January 2nd, 2021 after a decade plus graceful encounter with Alzheimer’s disease. Richard was born March 31st, 1933 to Hilbert and Ruby Stueber and grew up in Juneau, WI. At age fifteen, after the death of his father, the Lutheran church provided an education for him and his brother at Northwestern Prep. School, in Watertown, WI in preparation to become pastors or teachers in public ministry. Realizing he did not receive his calling, upon graduating he enrolled in the United States Air Force in 1951. Subsequent to basic training he attended the University of Pennsylvania for six months to learn German and became an interpreter. Richard would spend the remainder of his four years stationed in Berlin, Germany, interviewing WWII POW’s returning home to Germany from Russia and conducting aerial photography of Russian military bases.
After the service Richard spent a semester at Northwestern University studying journalism. He was done with the cold, looked west and took a job with General Motors Acceptance Corporation repossessing cars in El Paso, TX. His boss thought him too bright for that job, told him to go to college and sent him to Milwaukee, WI. At the Milwaukee GMAC office he would meet his future wife Enid. He enrolled in University of Wisconsin Madison in 1957 and married on August 30, 1958. He attended University of WI for the next eight years earning his Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. As a graduation gift in 1966, he took a two month rendezvous in Europe with Enid. They ended up in Augusta, GA where Richard worked for DuPont at the Savannah River nuclear facility. By 1968, he tired of working on hydrogen bombs and undergoing psychological testing, so took a job at Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation in New York. He would remain at Chromalloy for 25 years, retiring as senior vice president. He began consulting in 1993 for AMTI in Arizona and moved to Paradise Valley in 1995. Richard acquired nine patents over the course of his career and retired in 2003. He would spend the remainder of his time traveling, playing tennis, trading stocks and welcoming two grandsons into the world.
Richard adored traveling the world and experiencing other cultures. Out of the 25 countries he visited, Germany remained his favorite one. He enjoyed home architecture and built four houses, including the self-designed family home in NY, and obtained an electrician license to wire it himself. History was his favorite subject to read about, particularly WWII, and he was fond of gardening. He was fortunate to fly on the Concorde, do his own trading in the stock market and enjoyed jogging, hiking and tennis. He established the Richard J. Stueber Charitable Remainder Trust in 2008 through the University of Wisconsin Foundation. The trust supports fellowships for MS and PhD students.
Richard and Enid cherished 62 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, their children, Paul and Senta, son-in-law Scott Givens and grandsons’ Hudson and Bryson. Richard is also survived by his brother Charlie (Marilyn), nephew John (Heidi), his niece Jane (Tom), twins great-niece Lauren and great-nephew Nicholas/Nick, with whom Richard shares a birthday, nephew Joel (Jane), and great-nieces Jakendra and Jessandra. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beatrice/Bea.
Richard will be remembered for his contribution to the advancement of gas turbine engine repair, his family’s exposure to other cultures and countries, his appreciation of Martin Luther, his gladiola garden, his even keeled temperament and his love for his wife and family.
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