Richard Louis Rectenwald

August 20, 1942April 29, 2021

Richard Louis (“Dick”) Rectenwald, age 78 of Cary, NC, passed away on April 29, 2021.

Dick was born to Charles Rectenwald and Arlene Rosenstiel in Erie, PA, on August 20, 1942. After graduating from McDowell High School in 1960, Dick attended Carnegie Mellon University for a time before returning to Erie to continue his education at Gannon University. In the late 1960s, Dick also served in the Army Reserves until December of 1970. At the same time, Dick started working for Fenestra Corp. where he spent 30 years of his career as a sales manager until relocating to Cary, NC, in 1993 to work for Martin Architectural Products.

During his high school years, Dick was a stand-out baseball player and continued playing for competitive leagues into his 20s. Dick was also musically talented, playing in the high school band and in the music program at Carnegie Mellon. Golf was also a passion of Dick’s, particularly at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary where he was nicknamed “The Commish” for organizing the weekend rounds with his friends. Later, Dick enjoyed spending time with his four granddaughters, attending their various sporting events and activities, and even coached a rec basketball team for a season. After retirement and into his mid-70s, Dick remained active with golf, racquetball and softball, and was a regular for breakfast at Waffle House with his buddies twice a week.

In addition to his parents, Dick is preceded in death by his wife, Maren S. Rectenwald.

Dick is survived by his siblings Robert (Susan) of Harmony, PA, Jean Helmer (Robert) of Lake City, PA, Ronald (Fran) of Erie, PA, and Ross (Joy) of Erie, PA, as well as by his children Beth and husband David Byerley of Cary, NC, and Rick and wife Kara of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his four granddaughters Catie and Rachel Byerley and Samantha and Julia Rectenwald of Raleigh as well as by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, May 17th, at 1 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research (


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Dave Douglas

May 10, 2021

Beth and Family: I am very sorry for your loss. A big loss for everyone who knew him. I have so many great memories of Dick, his contagious smile and athletic talents. He humbled many of us on the court, me for one. I’ll miss his kind heart and sound advice most of all. Dave D

Thom Rectenwald

May 5, 2021

Jean, Bob, Ron and Ross and Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences for Dick's tragic death. It's bad enough when a death is anticipated, I can only imagine what his kids and grandchildren, and you four are going through. I regret never making the time to accept his many invitations to come to Cary to golf.

I hope everyone finds great solace in their fond memories of times spent with him.


Robert Respecki

May 2, 2021

Dick & his family will forever be remembered as one of the Lakewood Association "three" (Rectenwald's, Respecki's & Cronk's) for the eternal friendships that were formed with all of our kids playing sports, our golfing, our friendly rivalries in both college & professional sports, our families dove hunting excursions with the boys, sharing an occasional libation at each other's home over the years.
Dick's passing like Marin's is very hard to accept; but, they are now eternally reunited. God bless you both 🙏❤️

Mary Lyons

May 2, 2021

Dear Beth, Rick and families: Tom and I are so saddened by this news. You are in our prayers!! Mary and Tom Lyons

Sharon/Dave Gentry

May 1, 2021

Beth, Rick and your families,
Dave and I are thinking of you all! We cannot imagine your pain and are so saddened for you all!
Dave and Sharon Gentry