Richard Walter Oelschlaeger, age 90, a lifelong resident of rural Leavenworth County, Kansas passed away on Monday March 2, 2020 at his home while surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. followed by the Funeral at 11a.m., both Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to be made in Richards honor to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.
Richard Walter Oelschlaeger was born on April 27, 1929 at his family’s farm in rural Tonganoxie, Kansas and was one of 10 children born to Daniel and Henrietta (Scheller) Oelschlaeger. He grew up on the farm and attended Dafer Grade School which was not far from their home. Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1959 during the Korean War. Upon his return from the Service he married Helen Marie Sedgwick on June 10, 1955 at the United Methodist Church in Bonner Springs. Richard had always worked as a farmer and throughout the years he also worked at the Loring Cold Storage loading product, running a High Loader at Loring Caves and other caves in the Kansas City area. He had also worked at Marley Cooling Towers, Don King Home Builders and retired from DeSoto Feed & Grain when the Elevator burned down in 2005. In his retirement he still cared for cattle on R&W Farms and ran his own Family Farm.  
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: Leo, Robert, Orville, Bernard, Everett and Francis, two sisters: Grace Clements and Helen Packard and two great-grandsons: Landon and Andrew Berg.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie Oelschlaeger, of the home, two sons: Rick Oelschlaeger and wife Lori, Salem, Arkansas, Keith Oelschlaeger and wife Cindy, Tonganoxie, Kansas, three daughters: Deborah Wilson and husband Joseph, Linwood, Kansas, Susan Berg and husband Tony, Leavenworth, Kansas, Lisa Reynolds and husband Tony, Gardner, Kansas, 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way, one sister, Annette Parsons and husband Bob, Shawnee, Kansas, three sister-in-laws: Rosalie Oelschlaeger, Fran Oelschlaeger-Jones and Rosalie Kemler, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.