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 Richard Bruce “Dick” Gensler

Richard Bruce “Dick” Gensler

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Death 7 Oct 2006 (aged 74)
Stuart, Martin County, Florida, USA
Burial Stuart, Martin County, Florida, USA
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JENSEN BEACH: Richard Bruce Gensler , 74, died Oct. 7, 2006, at the Treasure Coast Hospices in Stuart.

He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and lived in Jensen Beach since 1999, coming from Kalamazoo.

He served in the Army for three years.

Before retirement, he worked as the general manager at Parker Hannifin's Pneumatic Division in Otsego, Mich., for 25 years.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo and the First Presbyterian Church of Stuart.

Survivors include wife of 52 years, Nancy Gensler of Jensen Beach; son, Mark Richard Gensler of Encinitas, Calif.; daughter, Sharon Sue Kloosterman of Oceanside, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Jean VanderWeele of Naples, and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospices, 1201 S.E. Indian St. Stuart, FL 34997.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be Nov. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church, Stuart, with the Rev. Douglas LaPointe officiating, followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall. Arrangements are by Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach.

Published in the Stuart News, Tuesday, October 10, 2006


GENSLER , Richard Bruce, Formerly of Kalamazoo, Passed away October 7, 2006.

"Dick," son of the late Jerome Kermit and Margaret (Musselman) Gensler , was born March 28, 1932 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

He attended Western Michigan University.

On August 14, 1954 he married Nancy Newton of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Dick served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1952-1955.

He had been employed at Fuller Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo as Chief Engineer, as Manufacturing Manager at Hydreco, and General Manager of Parker Hannifin's Pneumatic Division, retiring after 28 years of service.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Nancy, of 52 years, their two children, and three grandsons: Mark Richard Gensler and grandson, Matheus Pacheco Gensler of Encinitas, CA; daughter, Sharon and husband, Joel Kloosterman, grandsons, Jason Kloosterman, Travis Kloosterman, all of Oceanside, CA. Also surviving are his dear sister, Dorothy Jean and husband, Cornelius VanderWeele of Naples, FL; and a sister-in-law, Suzanne (Newton) Baltzer of Menlo Park, CA. There are nieces, cousins, and a host of friends who were special to him, especially his lifelong buddies dubbed "The Crooked Lake Gang."

Dick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He will be remembered most for his sense of humor, passion for sailing, the innovative manufacturing machines he designed, and the artistic cartoons and characters he created. Dick had been a Little League umpire, CAD instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, member of the Gull Lake Country Club and Yacht Club, and a Deacon and 50-year member of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, MI.

Upon moving to Florida, he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stuart.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church of Stuart, officiated by Rev. Douglas LaPointe, after which a luncheon will be served in Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo or to the Treasure Coast Hospices Foundation, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

A private inurnment service will be conducted at Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan at a later date.

Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Sunday, October 15, 2006.


Note: His name plaque here in First Presbyterian Memorial Garden in Stuart is a cenotaph since his ashes were interred in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan




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