Richard ‘Dick’ Okenfuss

Richard “Dick” Okenfuss died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He was 81 years old.

He was born on January 26, 1937, a son of Max and Gladys (Appelt) Okenfuss of Ste. Genevieve.  

He was married to Julie (Roerkohl) Okenfuss on October 15, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church in Florissant, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Charles R. Okenfuss and his wife Judy (Starobin), Ronald Okenfuss and his wife Jenneke Oosterhoff, Daniel Okenfuss and his wife Ericka (Peasley); one brother, Max J. Okenfuss; two sisters, Peg and Betty Jane; and four grandsons, Jon, Drew, Hai and Jude.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Valle High School and then attended Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering. He met his future bride, a Fontbonne College student from Florissant, at a Rolla vs. Washington University football game.

He and his wife moved to Cincinnati to work for Procter & Gamble in 1960. In Cincinnati, they raised a family of three sons. He worked at Procter & Gamble for 35 years and traveled the world, instilling a global spirit in his family.

He will be missed by friends and family around the world.

Funeral services were Monday, January 28, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Webster Groves. Burial was at Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve. Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood handled the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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