Rick Olerich, 63, of Carroll, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at his home in Carroll surrounded by his family and friends after a lingering illness.
Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. In accordance to his wishes. His body has been donated to the University Of Iowa Carver College Of Medicine.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to be used for a later designation in Rick’s honor.
Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home, and online condolences may be left for Rick’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Rick, a son of Milo and Janice (Reis) Olerich, was born on Feb. 27, 1956, at Carroll, Iowa. He grew up in Ralston until junior-high age when the family moved to Carroll. He attended Carroll High School, graduating in 1974. After his graduation, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country.
On June 12, 1976, Rick married Janet Quinn in Carroll. The couple made their home in Carroll where Rick was employed as an electric repairman for Electric Motor Service for many years.
Rick enjoyed woodworking, building many items and gifts for his family and friends. This is a hobby he passed down to his daughters, supervising them building, sanding, staining, and varnishing their own end table with a drawer, and a coffee table before they went to college. Rick enjoyed working with metal and electronics, and dry-walling. He also enjoyed plants, his garden, and canning tomatoes from his garden. Rick and his family made many memories canoeing and camping. He always wanted to help and do things for others.
Rick is survived by his wife, Janet Olerich, of Carroll; daughters: Samantha (Tim) Schulz of Carroll and Abbey (Brian) Brauckman of Carroll; grandchildren: Morgan Schulz, Zach Harkrider, Mylie Schulz, Carson Schulz, Lena Brauckman and Wendall Brauckman; his mother, Janice (Reis) Olerich Huisenga, of Carroll; siblings: Allan (Jonna) Olerich of Glidden, Iowa, Linn (Linda) Olerich of Indianola, Cathy Bristol of Raymond, Nebraska, Dean (Laurie) Olerich of Mundelein, Illinois, and Mary (Brian) Ferden of Norwalk; a special niece, Danielle Quinn, of Carroll; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Milo Olerich; parents-in-law, John and Dorothy Quinn; and brother-in-law Larry Bristol.