Richard Vincent Styczynski, aka Rick Styfer, Stitch and the Blond Bomber passed away at his Burr Ridge home, surrounded by 20 family members on February 21, 2022. Rick was born in Chicago and grew up in Marquette Park. He had fond memories of playing football for St Rita High School and continued his football dreams at St Ambrose College as a scholarship athlete. There, he met Suzy, his wife of 62 years.
He established Styfer Construction in 1961 and built the family’s first home in Oak Lawn. In 1980, after a long weekly ‘Sunday after church’ search, he found the perfect wooded lot in Burr Ridge, where he built the family’s second home. He took great care in maintaining the home, and especially tended and admired his backyard, Styfer Park.
Besides his family, his greatest passion was his custom printing company, Creative Menus. He specialized in restaurant and hotel printing. He also built the Creative Printing Company building in 1976 as a full-service printing company. He employed all his children, along with several of their friends. He perfected his R&D by taking a menu from every restaurant he frequented. Rick continued to sell menus and work his business until his passing. He was a great storyteller, quick witted and loved his hotdogs, pork roast and a Maxwell St. pork chop sandwich.
The ultimate love of his life was his family. He loved to tell the story of meeting Suzy Fischer on her first day of college at Marycrest in Davenport, IA. He leaves behind his beloved wife Suzy, his loving children Cindy (the late Charlie) Morgan, the late Janie (Ray) Soto, the late infant Teddy, the late infant Julie, Suzy (Will) Marcus, Amy (Tom) Sabin, and Rich (Nicole) Styczynski. Beloved grandchildren Richard, Hope, Sierra, Weston, Peter, Holly, Alexandra, and Jonathan.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 27 from 2pm to 6pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527. Family and friends will meet Monday, February 28 at 12:30pm for a funeral mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 709 S. Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561.
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