Obituary of Richard (Dick) Samuel Stelzner |

Obituary of Richard (Dick) Samuel Stelzner

Richard (Dick) Samuel Stelzner, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, from heart failure at his Auburn home. He was 80.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Samuel and Helen Stelzner.

In his early years, Richard worked for his father’s tiling business, Paragon Tile. After graduating from Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA, he attended Long Beach city College before entering the Los Angeles Police Academy.

He met his wife, Ruth, and they married at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Long Beach.

After he was married, he and his wife left the city to raise their family in Simi Valley, CA. Following a career change, he relocated his family to Grass Valley, CA and for his final years resided in Auburn, CA with his wife.

Following retirement for service with the LAPD, Richard worked several years as a Fraud Investigator for Prudential Insurance, then was ministered as an Assistant Pastor at Grace Chapel church in Penn Valley. He completed his working career in Welfare Fraud Investigation for Nevada County.

Richard had a passion for his Lord, his family and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

Richard leaves his wife of 59 years, Ruth (Fitzgerald) Stelzner; his son, Craig Richard Stelzner; daughters Carrie Stelzner Karkut and Cindy Stelzner Pocapalia and their spouses; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and many close friends.

A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Sierra Reach Ministries, 18015 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA.

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