Obituary: Richard Egebrecht |

Obituary: Richard Egebrecht

Richard Egebrecht
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Richard Egebrecht August 23, 1946 – June 4, 2020 “Rik” Egebrecht departed this world on June 4, after a sudden battle with cancer. Rik lived to his fullest and was a light in many lives. He was born August 23, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Raymond and Ruth Egebrecht. He grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Rik had many diverse achievements. He worked briefly on the design of the fuel cell for NASA’s Apollo missions. He joined the Air Force in 1969, where he oversaw the tracking of space objects orbiting earth. He was stationed in Colorado Springs and Turkey. He married Michelle in 1975, moved to Virginia to work for a defense contractor, and after a few years returned to Colorado, where he would pursue his lifelong passion as an outdoor enthusiast. The couple moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he served for seven years as a real estate appraiser for the Routt County Assessor’s Office, attaining the position of Chief Appraiser. They welcomed their daughter, Keesha, into the world in 1980. In 1986, Rik joined the real estate appraisal firm Pritz & Co. in Colorado Springs and became owner in 1997. In 2011, he took a position as appraiser with the Colorado Department of Transportation in Durango, Colo., where he worked until his passing. Rik was active in the sports community (skiing, volleyball). A true family man and dog lover, Rik’s joy for living, passion for nature, and dry wit are remembered with love by many. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Zeman) Egebrecht; former wife, Michelle (Hankey) Elstun; daughter and son-in-law, Keesha and Steve Luebke; sister-in-law, Juli Egebrecht; and nieces Christi and Ronnie Egebrecht.

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