Richard E. Wettlaufer


Richard E. Wettlaufer, 87, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1930, he was the son of J. Maynard and Margaret Pettee Wettlaufer. He served in the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Richard was an educator, teaching art in the Stimson Middle School in South Huntington, Long Island for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Franklin Lodge #22 F&AM and the Lions Club.

Richard enjoyed golfing, coaching tennis, music, photography and traveling. He was an animal lover and treasured the time he spent with his family.

Richard is survived by his wife Jeanne, children Todd Wettlaufer of Malta, and Janine Lasker (David) of Glenville; brother George Wettlaufer (Nancy) of Osprey, Florida; brother in law Theodore Rupracht of Central Square; and his beloved dog Maxi.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1pm Thursday, May 24 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or your local animal shelter.

Guest Book

Dave Plante

Ms. Wettlaufer (Janine),

So very sorry for the loss of your father. I seem to remember seeing you lunching with him often at the Ripe Tomato, or telling stories about him in class. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Joan Bianco

It's difficult to say "good-bye" to a gentleman such as you, and you always were just that. You, Jeanne and I spent many afternoons digging deep into stories of the day, remembrances from yours and Jeanne's past, chatting about sports and just laughing as hard as we could, at the silliest of things, with Maxi's head turning back and forth like it was a tennis match, until he'd finally give up and just lay on your lap.

I will miss you, dear friend, and every time I make a pound cake, you will be in my thoughts. It was just one of the many things we had in common.

My sincere sympathy to your family.

Paul Blazejeski

A corner stone of our neighborhood for years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy Fedorchak and family

So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences at this very difficult time. May God be with you for comfort and strength. Rest in peace Mr. Wettlaufer.

Leslie Rupracht (& husband Will Weaver)

To my dear Aunt Jeanne, cousins Todd and Janine, and Janine’s husband Dave, you have my heartfelt condolences on the profound loss of your beloved husband, dad, and father-in-law. I love you all and am here for you, any time.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Dick . . . You were—and always will be—my favorite uncle. Grateful for the wonderful visit we had recently, just in time by the grace of God. I’ll cherish it always. I love you and will miss you. Please hug my mom for me in Heaven.

Love always,
Leslie