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Richard J. Maenle

February 22, 1944 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 78)



  OTTAWA - Richard J. Maenle, 78, of Ottawa, passed away at 4:53 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was born on February 22, 1944 in Lima to the late Raymond and Louella (Dickman) Maenle. On October 24, 1964 he married the love of his life, Janet A. Stechschulte, who died on May 27, 2009. Then on June 17, 2017, he was lucky enough to marry Shirley Stechschulte-Frazee, who also captured his heart. She survives in Ottawa.

  Richard is survived by six children: Connie (Scott) Walther of Soddy-Daisy, TN; Debora (Denny) Dulle of Glandorf; Brenda (Gary) Verhoff of Kalida; Michael (Cecilia) Maenle of Oklahoma City, OK; Sharon (Simon) Gilligan of Indian Lake; John (Kristen) Maenle of Haviland. Also surviving is his step-son Joel (Autumn) Frazee of Madison Heights, MI, from his second marriage.

  Other family members include five siblings: Robert (Carole) Maenle of Elida; James (Kathy) Maenle of Kansas City, MO; Joyce - Deceased (Robert) Klausing of Kalida; Alice (Daniel) Swick of Fort Jennings; Kenneth (Karan) Maenle of Fort Jennings; and Elizabeth (Ken - Deceased) Kleman of Glandorf; and an infant sister, Mary Maenle, who died after birth.

  Richard was a proud grandfather and great grandfather of 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He loved spending time with them and going to each of their events. He always made himself available for all of their activities. Even towards the end when he was ill, he still wanted to see and do everything they were doing. He was proud of each of them!

  Richard graduated from Kalida High School in 1962. He went on to do many great things in his life. Most importantly, he was an entrepreneur. He lived the American Dream through the many businesses he began and ran. One of them was Triple M who he owned and operated with his brothers Kenny and Robert. His other favorite was the business he started with his first love, Janet, Maenle Tables & Chairs. He retired from Trinity Industries in Lima where he grew from the floor to plant manager to a salesman for the Dallas, TX, main office. Above and beyond working he loved his family and spending time with them. He also loved traveling and meeting and making new friends. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, going to casinos, and his gardening. He also loved to donate his time to his church and community.

  Richard was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Ottawa, Ottawa Eagles, Lima and Indian Lake Elks, Lima Moose Lodge, Kalida Knights of Columbus, and he was a board member of Brookhill Industries in Ottawa for many years.

  Richard loved traveling, finding bargains, and spending time with friends and family. and over the years he has been on many trips seeing many states, islands, and countries. Some of his other hobbies include being a farmer who loved the land. He loved gardening and he continued to plant and grow things right up to the end.

  A funeral mass will begin at 10:00am on Tuesday, preceded by the rosary in church around 9:30am on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa with Fr. Scott Kramer officiating. The mass will be live streamed on Facebook or you can follow through the following link Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Kalida. A visitation will be held from 12 – 8 p.m. on Monday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa.

  Memorial Donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa or the American Cancer Society.

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April 18, 2022

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Love Funeral Home - Ottawa
405 East Third St
Ottawa, Ohio 45875

Funeral Mass
April 19, 2022

10:00 AM
Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Ottawa
307 N. Locust St
Ottawa, Ohio 45875


American Cancer Society

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Ottawa OH 45875

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