Mr. Richard Charles Oksanen
July 1, 1943 – May 3, 2019
Richard Charles Oksanen passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born on July 1, 1943, in Merrill, Wisconsin to Warner and Loretta (Galipeau) Oksanen. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and went on to graduate school in Saranac Lake, New York. On June 10, 1967, he married his wife, Kay (Blizzard). They were blessed with 3 children. The family moved to Texas in 1976. He co-founded OMI International, Inc., a supply chain management company, in 1984, and retired after 20 years. After much planning he and his wife built their retirement home at Cedar Creek Lake. He continued to enjoy his hobbies of fishing and golf. Richard enjoyed traveling and journeyed worldwide for business and pleasure, including his fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He is survived by his wife Kay; son Scott and wife Brenda, their children, Brent, Katelynn, Matthew and Caroline; daughter Wendy Blair and husband Robert, their children, Madeline and Mason; son David and wife Pamela, and their children, Aaron, Nathan and Eva; brother Donald and sister Mary and many nieces and nephews; other loving family members and many more lifelong friends. Donations may be made in Richard's honor to American Cancer Society at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Events/MosaicofHope?pg=fund&fr_id=9910&pxfid=2457173 or to any charity of your choice.
- Kay Oksanen, Loving Wife
- Scott Oksanen and wife Brenda, Son
- Wendy Blair and husband Robert, Daughter
- David Oksanen and wife Pamela, Son
- Brent, Katelynn, Matthew and Caroline, Madeline and Mason, Aaron, Nathan and Eva, Grandchildren
- Donald Oksanen and wife Mary, Brother
- Richard also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019
Mr. Richard Charles Oksanen
May 16, 2019
Dick was a cherished neighbor and good friend to our family for twenty years in Richardson. He was a true gentleman. We enjoyed his friendship and pleasant personality. We will never forget those beautiful happy times we shared.
Upon moving to Cedar Creek, Dick and Kay would annually host a SUPER Christmas dinner-party for old friends from our children’s swim days. That party was indeed a highlight. Yes, our beloved Dick will be remembered for his generous and loving nature.
On behalf of my family, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Kay and all the Oksanen family on the loss of their beloved Dick. May He Rest In Peace!
May 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Our condolences to the family. I had the absolute pleasure of working for Dick at OMI for 12 years. Dick was a great boss and friend. I went on many trips with Dick, including my first international trip,to Austrailia. Dick was a visionary in the industry, and I learned a lot working for him. I have so many great memories of Dick, especially the great summer company parties hosted by Dick and Kay. He will be missed. God Bless.
May 15, 2019
I had the privilege to be an employee of OMI International, Inc. With this employment I was able to work with Dick and travel to many places to demo the Supply Chain applications owned by OMI. The picture at the bottom is from a demo in Alaska, Dick treated Tom Dietsche and I to gold mining during this trip . The top picture was from an OMI workshop/seminar held in Dallas TX. Thank you Dick for all the opportunities and memories. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kay and family. Take care.
May 13, 2019
The picture of Dick is wonderful. He is so handsome, but today I would say that Dick is GORGEOUS. Dick truly was one in a million.
Dick and Kay did so much for COR Swim Team (City of Richardson). They were a fantastic couple and loved by all.
May 6, 2019
What a great boss he was and always there for you if you needed anything. He and Kay hosted our company picnics, what fun & fond memories of those days. RIP my friend and love to Kay and family.
May 5, 2019
Deeply saddened to learn of Dick's passing. Dick will always be remembered for his intelligence, innovation and work ethics - all of which were hidden behind a quiet and gentle demeanor. He will be remembered by so many as a sincere friend. My sincerest condolences - and may you find the 'peace that passeth all understanding' in the days to come. May God bless the Oksanen family during this time of grief.
May 4, 2019
Dick was a great boss, great fisherman. He will be missed.