Richard Lenzsch Obituary (2021) – Somers Point, NJ


Lenzsch, Richard W. “Dick”, – 88, of Somers Point, entered Heaven’s Gates on November 30, 2021. Born in his home in Longport, New Jersey, he attended school (with perfect attendance) elementary school in Granville and graduated from Atlantic City. high school in 1951, where he was a noted football and baseball player. He then graduated in Corporate Finance from Rider University and was a brother of the Tau Kappa Epsilon TKE fraternity. He had a storybook childhood and grew up traveling with the circus and his father, Ozzie’s walking group, The American Eagles, and his aunt and uncles (the Pacentrillis). Riding elephants and ponies, playing with clowns and feeding lions and tigers was everyday life. He was crowned “the youngest wire artist in the world” after walking the wire in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 15. He loved his childhood pet, “Pal”, his pony, which he often galloped on the beach and at school. From a young man he worked in the Longport family business “Ozzie’s Place”, handling all phases of the operation of liquor, breakfast, novelty, grocery and butcher shops. He came face to face with many famous visitors to Betty Bacharach’s house, next to Ozzie’s, including Ronald Regan, The Three Stooges and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. There he met the love of his life, Julie Ellen McDuffie, a Georgia red peach from Pineview, Georgia. She came to work at the Winchester House Hotel behind Ozzie’s Place for the summer. After a short but long distance parade, they got married and raised their four boys in Somers Point, giving them a brilliant childhood full of excitement and adventure. Dick volunteered to join the US Navy where he was Yeoman on the destroyer USS Roberts. He played on the Naval Base Baseball team, hitting an even batting average of 0.400 (while playing shortstop) and posting a 49-1 record. He has made many memories of fishing, duck hunting, camping, RVing, square dancing, clay pigeon shooting, roller hockey and ice hockey, gardening and he umpired a little league baseball. He has caught many fish, large and small, including a 51-pound Alaskan salmon on a fly rod and a 12.5-pound slippery bass on a bamboo rod. He was self employed with an Arnold Bread franchise (Somers Point in Cape May), RV dealers: Patcong Trailer Sales and Rt 40 Travel Trailers, a commercial real estate agent, a square dance professional and finishing his career at the Tropicana Casino as an account manager. /supervisor. After Julie died in 1996, he retired and remarried Joan Adams of Ventnor. He hit the road again, crossing the country in a motorhome, exploring from Texas to Alaska and Canada, settling in Washington State until Joan died – after which he returned home to Somers Point. He really enjoyed his stay at Dolphin Dock and his friends at the Graef shipyard. Thank you Jacques. He is predeceased by his parents; Oswald Lenzsch and Monfreda née Pacentrilli; wife, Julie; and his son, Richard. He is survived by his sons Christopher (Lora), Tim (Helen), Thomas (Deborah) and his grandchildren Julie Anne (William), Leah, Rachel (Michael), Christine (Austin), Joseph (Mallory), Timothy , Deidre, Sean, Jessica (John), and great-grandchildren Johnny, Audrianna, Lora, Brother Butch (Marie) and several nieces and nephews. The family are eternally grateful to the intensive care staff at Shore Memorial Hospital, Autumn Lakes Rehabilitation, Gloria Kelly (Kelly Care), Patty and Tracy Fooks-Michna and all the friends and family who support and love us. A visitation will be held at Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home, 304 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday December 15th. Interment and services will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice. Please share your condolences to www.MSZaleFH.com

Published by The Press of Atlantic City on December 12, 2021.


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