Richard Arthur Jaentsch, 88, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away in the early hours of April 30th, 2021. Richard was born November 28th, 1932, to two loving parents, Catherine (Johnson) Jaentsch and Arthur Jaentsch. He spent most of his life in Eau Claire, where he made a name for himself as a talented sportsman. In his prime, he played in many baseball leagues, for many area teams; the Oilers, Merchants, and the Rockets, to name a few. He was known to be a hard hitter that was no stranger to the feeling of hitting a homer. He played many positions but was most comfortable with a bat in his hands, on second base, and in the outfield. Richard had also played basketball for the YMCA and enjoyed shooting pool in his free time.
Richard served our country during the Korean War. After being called upon by our nation’s Army to serve, he completed basic training in the 44th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, and served his time stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska, on and offshore. He played baseball for the Army while enlisted. Once he returned home, he continued playing baseball and worked for Uniroyal, until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his mother, and cared for her dearly, until her passing in 1997.
Richard had a big heart for dogs. Over the years, he enjoyed taking his pups to dog parks and on long walks. He loved them all as family. He stayed very active until his passing. He liked skiing, bike riding, jogging, walking, and watching sports games while having a beer. Richard was a strong man, with a strong will, and when he set his mind to something, he accomplished it. He was a very loyal and thoughtful son, nephew, cousin, and friend.
In his passing, he joins his mother and father, and will be laid to rest with them at Eau Claire’s Forest Hill Cemetery on May 15, 2021, with a graveside service at 11 a.m. He also joins his cousin Lauren Books, of Eau Claire, and his cherished furry friends. He leaves behind cousins, friends, and many memories of a very smart and dedicated man. He will be missed, but never forgotten.