Richard Robert Bertha

Born in Hoven, SD on July 11, 1956

Departed on April 6, 2017 and resided in Denver, CO

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Richard Robert “Richie” Bertha passed away peacefully on April 6, 2017. Richard was born on July 11, 1956 in Hoven, South Dakota, to Dorothy & Robert Bertha. Richard was a caring and loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. He has left us, but will always be in our hearts. Richard’s positive outlook on life will remain an inspiration to us all.

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Robert Bertha, and siblings, Patricia Rennerfeldt, and William Bertha.

Richard is survived by his mother, Dorothy Bertha and his siblings, Mary, Tim, Jim, Mike, and John and his nieces and nephews, Joey, Danny, Katie, Tiffany, and Jamie.

Richard’s favorite hobbies were playing cribbage and card games, playing bingo, traveling with family, watching forensic TV shows, spending time with family, cheering on the Rockies and the Broncos, and complimenting those around him.

Despite a life of pain and struggle, Richard maintained a positive outlook and only saw the good in all things and all people. He will be greatly missed.

Please share your memories of Richard and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Horan & McConaty, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd. (at Mississippi) Denver CO, 80246

A reception will follow at the same location.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Matthew and Emily Torsney :

    I have such great memories of good times with Rich and will trully miss him

  2. Father John Rader :

    Eternal rest grant unto Rich, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Offering prayers from South Dakota~

  3. Bob n Donna Howicz :

    Many fond memories when Richie visited us in St Charles and Sun City. Loved giving him a hard time and he always had a response we are going to miss him…

  4. Ginger Van Zyl :

    Please accept my sympathy for your loss. As one of the remaining members of the “old” neighborhood, I remember Dick’s cheerful smile, helpfulness, and courage at making the most of life.

  5. Richie,
    You were a role model to us all. You never complained about your situation nor were you bitter. I love you very much Rich and I already miss you. Thanks for being such a great example of an awesome guy.

  6. Beverly Wise :

    Richie will be missed by many people, but will remain in our hearts.

  7. Howard Rennerfeldt :

    Death had to take our brother sleeping, for if Richie had been awake and cognizant there would have been a fight. Keep up the good fight, my brother.

  8. Joanne & Brian Grainger :

    We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. He was always so generous and willing to pitch in to help his neighbors. We will always remember him fondly.

  9. Irene Rader and Alfred Rader :

    Although we lived far away from Denver , the loss of a close nephew is very
    real in our hearts and we will miss him, knowing we will never see his
    kind smile and cheerful outlook on live despite his handicaps. He showed us
    how to live ones life with grace and caring for others. Uncle Al and Aunt Irene

  10. Gregg Rader and Marty Panzer
    So sorry we had such little time together. We are sad that he is gone… but happy that he is in peace.

  11. Tom and Deb Rader :

    WE love you Richard;
    you will never be forgotten and will be missed forever.
    What I remember most of late, was his positive attitude.
    Though he was also a great kidder and prankster,
    the first tricky Dick,
    the leader of the gang of cousins,
    that one summer in Hoven
    when i think we were all gathered for grandma’s 75th Birthday.

  12. Mary & Scott Sellers :

    Rich will definitely be missed at our family gatherings. He always insisted that I was his girlfriend. I said “Rich, I can’t be your girlfriend.because we are cousins and besides I am married.” He would give that big smile of his and say I was still his girlfriend. What a guy! Scott and I will miss you. God bless you.

  13. Jeanne Martin :

    Dick and I were partners in crime. Every summer my mom and dad would bring us out to Denver from South Dakota. We would swim, swim and swim some more. Our noses always would be peeling from the sun. He was always so happy to see us and so welcoming. The Lord has his own special way. The day of Dick’s service, my oldest daughter Sarah, gave birth to her first child. Dick has always had an impact on my heart. Will miss you Cuz.

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