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May 23, 2022

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Orienti, Richard John

Richard John Orienti, age 70, died May 5, 2022, at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Florida, with his loving wife by his side. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life's challenges with strength. Rich stayed strong until the end.

Richard was born the youngest of three sons to Henry and Thelma Orienti. He grew up in Montello, Wisconsin, excelling in academics and sports. He graduated Montello High School in 1969 and went on to study at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, graduating in 1973. He married Jo Ann McNeill July 28, 1979 at Canyon Park, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, in an outdoor ceremony on a perfect Wisconsin summer day.

His professional history includes working for the Wisconsin State Banking Commission, Crossland Savings Bank and as Director of Internal Audit, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Manatee County, Florida. His work was superb and he found satisfaction in saving the tax payers millions of dollars. He was a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner but claimed his favorite designation or title was" Uncle Rich". He adored his nieces and nephews and the children of his close friends.

Richard's life was dedicated to the pursuit of truth and learning. With degrees in Mathematics, Economics and Philosophy his interests were broad. In his journey for understanding he was seldom separated from reading several books of science, philosophy, history, astronomy and political theory, at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of pages passed before his eyes.

Richard's intellectual quests were paralleled by his interests in travel, guitar playing, singing, coin collecting, fossil hunting, boating and fishing. He was a skilled angler with a thorough knowledge of the sport. He owned a water vessel of some sort from the age of 16 when he bought his first boat with his paper route earnings. He was happiest exploring and angling the wild lakes of Manitoba and Ontario. As he was weakened by illness he enjoyed evenings with giant jigsaw puzzles listening to music.

His competitive side was satisfied by challenging others to the boardgame, Aggravation or to a hand of Cribbage. If he won, he enjoyed a playful boast that he was a "Champ", not a "Chump".
With Jo he chased solar eclipses, hiked volcano calderas and explored most of North America. Together they discovered many countries in Europe by bike and train and ferry.

He was truly exemplary of a modern Renaissance Man and a beautiful human being. The world was made better by his presence.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jo of 42 years and cat, Tiger; brother, Dan; his father-in-law, Bob McNeill; sister-in-law, Gloria Bradley; brother-in-law, Terry (Laura) McNeill; brother-in-law, Bob (Mary Kay) McNeill; his beloved nephews and nieces, Jeff (Jenn) Bradley; Brian (Karen) Bradley: Eric (Stacey) Bradley; Leah (Josh) McNeill Heller; Jenna (Pete) Moreau; Bob "Ode" McNeill; Macy (Tom) Turpin; Kristy (Matt) Staver; Shawn (Mindy) Sauer and all of their beautiful children. He honors his beloved cousins "The Cartwright Girls", Cindy (Jack) Swader; Lisa Cartwright and Jennifer (Norm) Cartwright for being his closest family. Richard wishes to thank Pep and Margie Washburn; Frank and Michelle Ripp-Koelbl; Roger and Lynne Gruebling and Dan and Kathy O'Connell Jr for their meaningful friendships. He leaves behind beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Richard is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Thelma Orienti; brother, David; niece, Cheryl; mother-in-law Helen McNeill and brother-in-law, John Bradley.

In keeping with Richard's wishes there will not be a funeral; there will be a private inurnment at Middlebury Cemetery, Barneveld, Wisconsin, at a later date. He did not want flowers, gifts of money or memorials in his name. He said if anyone would wish to honor his memory he asks that they read a book. He believed our time on earth is brief and we should strive to learn as much as we can.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2022
Article comment by: Dan Orienti

Rest in Peace, Beautiful multilayered Brother!

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Article comment by: James Washburn

My friend - I will always love you.

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Article comment by: Dan O’Connell

Richard Orienti was a wonderful man with a magnificent mind and intellect. He touched more lives than he knew, and he contributed enormously to requiring his friends be well read.
I love Richard and I will miss him terribly.
Kathy and I send our sympathies to his extended family. Our love to Joann will be in person, thankfully.
Rest In Peace my brother.

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