Richard Henry Berghoff

  • Died: April 22, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

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Richard Henry Berghoff, 95, died on Monday, April 22, 2019. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, charter class of 1942. He served during World War II in Europe as a member of the infantry, 95th division. On September 25, 1948, he married Rita Ann Zurbuch. He served with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society at Saint Henry's Parish. He also volunteered at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen. Dick was an honorary life member of The Knights of Columbus, Council 451. He retired from Lincoln National Life Insurance Company after 41 years of service. After retirement, Dick and Rita enjoyed spending their winters in Tucson, Arizona. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Rita; children, David (Theresa), Mary (Neil Meyer) Berghoff, Jane (Neville) Nason, Jerry (Stephanie), Tim (Kathy); nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry E. and Mary Corbett Berghoff; sister, Joan Jehl; and son, Dennis Berghoff. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am on Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1101 Lafayette St, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons, Maplewood Park, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne. Entombment at Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. For online condolences, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Rita and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As former neighbors, best friends and family campers together, we have many wonderful memories of Rich. His dedication to God and family, great sense of humor, and kindness, were all great attributes present in his life.He will not be forgotten!

Love, Charlie , (Sara) and family

Posted by Charlie and (Sara) Reppert - Lakewood, CO - Family Friend   April 28, 2019

Prayers and Sympathy for the Family of Mr Berghoff and May there be peace and love .
My parents, Frank and Rita Roberts knew his family and I just knew them as a wonderful Catholic family as fellow parishioners if St. Henry's, when we were all going through those 12 years of school . God Bless.

Posted by Jian Roberts-Maher - Fort Wayne, IN - Family Friend   April 27, 2019

I'd like to extend my condolences to the Berghoff family on behalf of the Mark Becker family. I have fond memories of Mr. B and dad carpooling in the VW bug. We'll keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Mark Becker - Chelsea, MI - neighbor   April 27, 2019

Dear Rita and family,
I want to send my sincere sympathy to you at the passing of your wonderful Dick. Rita, it has been years since we saw you when Tom was still here and you two were always special to both of us. I will let Herm and Jeanne know as well as Dave and Judy. Sending much love and prayers,
Sally Eckrich

Posted by Sally Eckrich - 948 Clear Lake, Fremont, IN   April 26, 2019

Neil, Mary and Family- Our deepest condolences for the passing of your father. Please know that Phil and I will be keeping you all in our thoughts and in our continued prayers during this tough time. Hugs to you all.

Posted by Phil and Karen Gouloff - Fort Wayne, IN - Family Friend   April 25, 2019

Dear Rita and family.
I was so saddened to heard about Dick and my thoughts are will you all.Z He was a very special friend and and co worker. Everyone liked and respected him immensely. He adored his family and even though I did not know personally his children, I did know them through his stories. He was a shining light and will live forever in our hearts.

Posted by Judy Baker - Friend   April 25, 2019

Dear Rita and family.
I was so saddened to heard about Dick and my thoughts are will you all. He was a very special friend and and co worker. Everyone liked and respected him immensely. He adored his family and even though I did not know personally his children, I did know them through his stories. He was a shining light and will live forever in our hearts.

Posted by Judy Baker - Foyt Wayne, IN - Friend   April 25, 2019

Dear Rita and family,
I was so saddened to hear iof Dick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dick loved his family. Even though I did not personally know the children, I knew them from his stories. He was liked and revered by everyone. I feel blessed to have been his friend and co worker for such a long time. He was a shining light who will be in our hearts forever.

Posted by Judy Baker - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   April 25, 2019

Dick was a great friend to all
he met. We grew up on Forest
Avenue then renewed our
friendship at Lincoln in 1957.
He was a collection of all the
splendid attributes one could
want. Exceeded only by his
delightful wife, Rita.

Jim Gunn

Posted by A friend   April 25, 2019

Dick was a great friend to all
he met. We grew up on Forest
Avenue then renewed our
friendship at Lincoln in 1957.
He was a collection of all the
splendid attributes one could
want. Exceeded only by his
delightful wife, Rita.

Posted by A friend   April 25, 2019

Candle

Tim so sorry for your loss of your father , all of your friends will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers .

Posted by Dan Pursley - Maineville, OH - Friend   April 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss Mrs. B. and all the family. I will always have warm memories of all of you from the old neighborhood. I can still picture Dick and Rita on their evening walks together in the summer on Marcy Lane. Mr. B was one of the good guys for sure.

Posted by Kevin Becker    April 24, 2019

As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.

Posted by A friend   April 24, 2019

I met Dick in the early 60's when our paths crossed while working on projects at my first post-college job at Lincoln Life. He was a mentor for me, both for the business side and for bantering. Our paths separated for many years but were joyfully reunited at St. Mary's in the late 90's. Mutual bantering picked up as if there had never been a hiatus. Dick was a remarkable man and, as I frequently pointed out to him, extremely lucky in love to somehow finagle Rita into marrying him. I miss Dick but thoughts of him bring smiles to my face and warmth in my heart. He is a model for me on how to age. Rest in Peace my friend.

Posted by Tom Vodde - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   April 24, 2019

Sympathies to Rita and family. Dick was one of my dad's favorite colleagues. He spoke of him fondly, had great respect for him. Blessings to all as you grieve.

Posted by Marilynn Scherer - Parker, CO   April 24, 2019

Dear Rita and family,
My sympathy to you and my prayers for Dick, and for your family at your time of loss. Dick's many good works go with him! His charity was truly Christ-like.

Posted by Rev. John H. Delaney - South Bend, IN - Acquaintance   April 24, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Berghoff family on behalf of the Pontecorvo family. Mr. and Mrs. Berghoff have been a positive formative force in my life with their demonstration of faith and family. Mr. Berghoff taught me the nuances of the card games spades and hearts and he will be truly missed.

Posted by Paul Pontecorvo - Milano, Italy   April 24, 2019

Uncle Rich was a wonderful human being that was very special in my life. My memories of him are forever etched in my heart. He and my Aunt Rita were the best of the best. Our thoughts are with the family.

Posted by Mike and Diane Sullivan - Sun City West, AZ   April 24, 2019


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