April 2, 1925
February 16, 2021
Richard (Dick) L. Nitz, 95, of Brenham, Texas passed away peacefully on February 16, 2021.
Dick was born to Helen and Edward on April 2, 1925. A Chicago native, Dick graduated from North Park Academy in 1943 and was drafted one month later into the U.S. Army, Battery C of the 136th AAA Gun Battalion where he trained as a range operator. In July 1944, Dick boarded a Navy transport ship bound for the European Theater—first Normandy, then on to Belgium where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Dick was honorably discharged in February 1946 and returned to his Chicago home.
Following his discharge, Dick worked in a manufacturing plant for one year. After reviewing his father’s insurance files, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps selling insurance. Dick was respected and owned a successful insurance business for 43 years.
Dick met his wife, Ruth Stricker, in 1950, and they married in January 1952. Dick and Ruth were blessed with three children, a daughter and two sons. They resided in Chicago until 1997 when they left Chicago winters behind and moved to Brenham, Texas. There, Dick was a member of the local model airplane flying club. He also enjoyed meeting up with some of his veteran buddies every morning at Max Donuts for coffee and a donut.
Dick was a devoted husband to the late Ruth, a loving father to the late Nancy Coyle, Richard (Denise) and William (Donna). He was the fond grandfather to William, Gary, Eric (Kathleen), and Brian and a fond great grandfather to William, Cloe, Thomas, Jack, and Leo. Pops, as he was known by his children, was always there to lend a hand. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Interment will take place at a later date at St. Luke's Cemetery in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.