Obituary of Richard Gorz
Richard Allen Gorz, known to his friends as Dick, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2023, in Venice, FL at the age of 84. He was born on December 10th 1938, in Chicago, IL. Dick had a distinguished career in the financial sector, primarily as a banker and Vice President of Securities at a financial firm.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dick had a passion for antique outboard motors, particularly those of the Oliver brand. He amassed an impressive collection of boat motors and parts, which he later auctioned off before permanently relocating to Florida. In addition, he established and managed the Oliver Outboard Museum website. Dick was an active member of both the Wolverine and Gator chapters of the Antique Outboard Motor Club International (AOMCI). He also enjoyed bowling and golfing.
Dick is survived by his sister, Susan Wicks of Michigan, as well as his children: Bill (Trish) Gorz and Stephan Gorz of North Carolina, Michelle O’Kelley of Venice, FL, Stepchildren: Jennifer (Terry) Martin of Michigan, Elizabeth (Patrick) Bockheim of North Port, FL, and Jeff Dario of Michigan. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, William E and June F Gorz, and his beloved wife, Mona L Gorz.
A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Dick's life will be held in Saugatuck, MI in May of 2024. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
May Dick's memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who knew him.