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Richard Lynn Werckle

8 septembre , 19414 mai , 2019
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Richard Lynn Werckle, 77, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on May 4, 2019. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, May 13 at Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens (1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250) followed by a reception. If you would like to share a memory or send an online condolence, please click the “Add a Memory” button near the bottom of this page.

Richard “Dick” Werckle was born on September 8, 1941 in Peoria, Illinois to Winton Earl and Florine Yvonne (Carollo) Werckle. After moving to Rockford, Illinois, he attended East High School and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he met his future wife, Linda Rae Hoss. They were married on February 10, 1962 and made their home in Rockford for the next 39 years.

During this period, Dick attended classes at Rock Valley College and was employed by Amerock, a cabinet hardware manufacturer, where he held a number of positions – on the assembly line, in Human Resources, and as a supervisor – until his retirement in 2001. Dick was also an avid antique car enthusiast and, along with his brothers, was a long-time member of the “Rockford-‘A’s” – a classic car club devoted to the Ford Model ‘A.’ He owned two of these beautiful cars – a 1928 Sport Coupe named “Baby” and a 1929 Tudor Sedan named “Abigail.”

Dick and Linda moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001 to be near their grandchildren. While in Florida, Dick joined the “Jacksonville Model ‘A’s” club and started a small business, “Grandpa Chubby’s,” becoming a purveyor of hot dogs and “Diablo Dills” – spicy pickles that he prepared with his own blend of chili powders that he called “Deadly Dust.”

Grandpa Chubby, a.k.a. The Pickle Man, was a connoisseur not only of pickles and hot dogs, but also of hot sauce, olives, hot mustard, and chili. Other interests included gardening, sports, music, and history, but by far his greatest passion was his family. He considered his many friends to be part of his extended family and was often heard repeating, “To me, family is the most important thing in the world.”

Dick is survived by his wife Linda Rae (Hoss) Werckle of Jacksonville; children Lynn Marie Collins (Matthew) of Jacksonville and Michael Andrew Werckle (Gregg) of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren Nathan William Snodgrass, Kyle Richard Snodgrass, and Jessica Lauren Collins; sister Jacqueline (Werckle) White of Bonham, Texas; brother W. David Werckle (Sara) of Stillman Valley, Illinois; sister-in-law Patricia Ann (Petzinger) Werckle of Rockford, Illinois; 19 nieces and nephews; four cousins; and his cat “Abby Boo Boo.” He was predeceased by his parents; sister Patricia (Werckle) Zeller; brother Michael Anthony Werckle; stepparents Ralph Steele and Winifred Werckle; his grandparents; aunts and uncles; one cousin; and his dogs, “Princess” and “Snuggles.”

The Werckle and Collins families hope that you will join us in celebrating Richard Werckle’s life. Whether you knew him as “Dick,” “Chubby,” “Gus,” or by any of his other many nicknames, please know that he loved you and would want to wish you good health and great happiness.

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  • Memorial Service lundi, 13 mai , 2019

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Rita Driskill

8 mai , 2019

Dear Lynn,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. While I did not have the pleasure of meeting your father, I can see from the obituary that he was quite a character and an wonderful man and father, loved by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Rita Driskill

Mike Peters

7 mai , 2019

Linda, so sorry for your loss. When Dick was the Director of the Rockford A's, he would drive all the way from Rockford to Sharon to attend strategy meetings for Model A Day in Sharon on the first Sunday in June. He was always 110% when it came to the Model A Ford. We all have nothing but fond memories of Dick. Love to you and your family. Mike and Lana Peters

Sharon Pryga

7 mai , 2019

Lynn- I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your dad, but I always enjoyed your stories about him! They were very entertaining and he sounded like such a wonderful man! I'm glad you got to spend so much time with him and he was surrounded by so much love. Prayers for you and your family. Love you.

Stan and Nan Stewart

7 mai , 2019

Dear Linda and family:
So saddened to hear of “Uncle” Chubs passing. What wonderful memories of you both. And he was instrumental in our joining Rockford A’s Model A Club. Remembering that first trip riding in his rumble seat with Kathy Forbes! Then stopping at Blackhawk Statue with everyone and asking how do we get one of these cars!!?? That was the beginning of many great trips with you both. Hugs to you Linda. Love you.

Chris Brown

7 mai , 2019

Rest in peace, Grandpa Chubby.
I have many fond memories of times we spent together in the Jacksonville Model A club.
Linda, may your family and friends comfort you in this difficult time.
Richard, we'll see you again on the other side......

-Chris Brown
Clover, SC

Brenda Edwards

6 mai , 2019

I was sorry to learn of Uncle Dick's illness and passing. I am sorry that I can't attend with Chris and Jacqueline. Although I didn't get to see him often, I remember his kindness and laughter. Prayers for God's comfort.

Angie Saladino

6 mai , 2019

I worked with Dick at Amerock for many years. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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