Richard L. Stich, one of two children of Arthur and Esther (Strelow) Stich, was born Jan. 22, 1937, at Miss Minnie’s, a midwife, in Crete. He went to school in Dorchester and Crete, and graduated from Lincoln High School.
Dick entered the Nebraska National Guard on Feb. 1, 1954.  He served with Company B 734th Ordinance Battalion based in Lincoln.  Dick received his honorable discharge on Jan. 31, 1957.
In 1955 Dick was united in marriage to Bettye Thomas.  They were blessed with a daughter, Tari.  Dick and Bettye were married for 18 years until her death in 1976.
On Nov. 11, 1977, Dick married Susan Vana in Omaha.  In 1979, they moved to Peru, where they lived for 20 years until moving to rural Brock, Nebraska.
Dick worked as a salesman and sales supervisor for French’s Mustard Company in Omaha for 15 years.  In 1979 he and Sue opened Krazy Dick’s Grocery in Peru, and later started up Krazy Dick’s Too in Brownville. After selling the Peru store and closing the one in Brownville, Dick worked as an auctioneer for many years before opening Dick Stich Realty in Auburn.
Dick was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church near Julian.  He was a member, and longtime commander, of American Legion Post 23 in Auburn.  
He served as Mayor of Peru for multiple terms, and worked hard with state senators and others to keep Peru State College in Peru.
A lover of cars, Dick owned many collector cars through the years.  He was a 40 plus year member of the Studebaker Club, and was a huge NASCAR fan.  
He loved to visit with people, and was well known throughout a large area.  Dick got a kick out of rubbing elbows with politicians, but equally enjoyed the general public.
Dick’s health suffered in recent years, and he was hospitalized numerous times.  
He entered St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln most recently.  
It was there he passed away, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, just 9 days short of his 81st birthday.  In addition to his first wife Bettye, Dick was preceded in death by his parents.
Those left to remember Dick’s love and laughter include his wife Sue of Brock; daughter Tari Westfall of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; granddaughter Niki (Jesse) Jaimes of Santa Ana, Calif.; great-grandson Jackson; sister Lucy (Harold) Speth of Waverly; sister-in-law Kathy (Mike) Tynon of Peru; brother-in-law Steve Vana of Walnut Creek, Calif.; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
A Funeral Mass was to be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Bernard Catholic Church near Julian. The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass.  Burial, with graveside military honors, will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln. Visitation was to be at the funeral home in Auburn  on Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with family greeting friends 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post 23 of Auburn.
Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.