Richard Edward Bayerlein was born on December 30, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He passed away on February 27, 2021 at the age of 92 years.
Dick graduated from University School of Milwaukee and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated in 1950 with a mechanical engineering degree and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He married Carol Moss in 1952 and soon thereafter they made Elm Grove their home for nearly 70 years.
Dick was a natural born entrepreneur, and upon his graduation, he began a manufacturer’s representative agency called Bay-San where he had Nelson Filter and Amot Controls as his product lines A few years later he started Kenrich Supply with a partner, Ken Binder. Throughout his life, he started and was involved in the formation of a multitude of businesses including Great Lakes Tool and Supply, Fluid Power Energy, Filtration Systems, Woodway USA, Electric Motor Service, and Marshfield Steel. He was passionate about business matters and was very proud when both of his sons joined him in his endeavors and helped to expand the companies.
Dick served on the Board of Directors of Mixer Systems and Hader Industries. He was also a board member of the Salvation Army where he helped to start an annual charitable golf tournament in 2014.
He very much enjoyed his involvement as a member of several Masonic organizations including the Shriners, and served as Past Master of the Brookfield Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. He served as Director of the Royal Order of Jesters and was a “Big Hump” of El Hajj. At the time of his death he was a board member of Scimitar Foundation Inc., where he had also served as President.
An avid golfer, He was initially a member of Merrill Hills Country Club before joining Bluemound Country Club. He also served as President of the Wisconsin Club and was a member of the Western Racquet Club.
Dick played the piano and entertained many people at social gatherings throughout his life, as he could play by ear and was able to play just about any song requested. Many happy moments in Dick’s life were spent around the piano.
He enjoyed travel and took his children on many trips across the country, always making stops along the way for business appointments. Later in life, he and his wife had the opportunity to visit many countries around the world. He loved fishing, and for many years he relished taking his two boys on a camping trip to northern Canada with a group of fathers and sons.
One of the things that Dick enjoyed the most in his later years was the 5:00 pontoon ride on Lac Labelle, where the family has a home. He loved spending time at the lake with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carol Moss Bayerlein along with his children Steven (Barb) Bayerlein, Douglas (Karen) Bayerlein and Beth Wilson. Grandchildren include Bradley (Nicole) Bayerlein, Kevin (Heidi) Bayerlein, Jon Bayerlein, Ana Bayerlein, Kyle Wilson, Matthew Wilson and Jamie Wilson. He also had 5 great grandchildren including Ethan, Kaelin, Emery, Harper and Taylor. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Clair, his niece Nance Thompson (Burt) and their children, Morgan and Michael.
Dick will be very missed by family and friends and we are grateful for his long and wonderful life.
Services will be held Saturday, March 13 at Becker-Ritter Funeral Home. Visitation is from 1:00 until the time of Funeral Service at 3:00PM, followed by a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Salvation Army or to the Masonic Lodge.
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