Richard “Dick” Charles Capek, 78, of Punta Gorda, Fla.,passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
He was born June 15, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to Rose (nee Rada) and Charles Capek.
Dick served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant. He earned a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University. Dick worked for Symonds Manufacturing and Reynolds Metals. He and his partner, Andy Ballestra, founded the Engineering Firm, Intech Consultants, in Downers Grove, Ill., where he worked until his retirement. He was known for his unending energy and sense of adventure. At age 14, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. There he began to develop a love for cooking and bird watching. After high school, he took an 800-mile solo bicycle trip to Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada.
He loved water sports, such as swimming, fishing and boating. Dick also became a scuba diver and a dive master. While diving, he met his wife Brenda. For two years he planned to cruise “The Great Circle,” which he and his wife accomplished in 1994 and 1995. On this adventure, each of them wrote a book about their personal view of the trip. To be sure it was a safe adventure, he took classes and became a U.S. Merchant Marine Captain. Dick was a member of the U.S. Power and Sail Squadron, where he assisted in safety classes. When the couple retired to Punta Gorda in 2002, they joined the Platinum Point Yacht Club, where Dick was the Commodore for a year. The couple became world travelers, which included tours to 89 countries around the world, trips to all seven continents and all 50 U.S. states. On these trips, Dick took beautiful photos and Brenda kept journals of their experiences and the people they met. Many of these trips were enhanced because good friends and dear relatives shared the journeys with them. Dick will be remembered for being driven, conscientious, fair, generous, wise and fun. He will be greatly missed by many friends and relations.
Dick is survived by his wife, Brenda Capek; her son, Dr. Jason (Dr. Melissa) Wanner, and their children, Blake, Katherine and Grant; son, Ray (Beth) Capek, and their children, Dan and Meg; daughter, Laura (Phillip), and daughter, Jennifer; father, Charles Capek; sister, Nancy (George) Goyette; sister-in-law, Sharon (Steve) Cuchel; and several cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother.
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in loving memory of Richard Capek will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center at Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.