Richard L. Bertke, 73, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2023, at Celina Manor surrounded by his family.   He was born November 5, 1949, in Celina to the late Leroy R. and Mary Alice (Bertke) Bertke.  On September 3, 1977, he married Janice (Sanning) Bertke and she survives at the residence in Celina.

Other survivors include his three sons, R. Joshua (Ashleigh) Bertke, Columbus, Jared Bertke and Jordan Bertke, both of Celina; a granddaughter, Phoebe Bertke; five sisters-in-law, Ruth Lupton, Tipp City, Betty Bertke, Coldwater, Pat (Jim) Sudhoff, Fort Recovery, Betty Sanning, Coldwater, Marilyn (Tom) Bruns, Burkettsville.

Also preceding him in death was two brothers, Ronald and Larry Bertke; a sister, Bonnie (Bob) Francis; his in-laws, Julius (Alfrieda) Sanning; and a brother-in-law, Marvin Sanning.


Richard was a 1968 graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School in Celina and the International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He retired after being a butcher for 50 plus years at Jerry’s IGA, Celina, Brodbecks, St. Marys and Coldwater and most recently at Chief Supermarket, Coldwater. 


He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, Celina K of C, Celina Eagles Post # 1291 and Celina VFW Post #5713.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing cards, watching the Cincinnati Reds and most of all spending time with his family.


Visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.


Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Celina with Fr. John Tonkin officiating.  The family will receive friends from 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the funeral home Wednesday morning.


Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County, 218 South Main Street, Celina, Ohio 45822.


Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Richard and his family. To pay respects and to leave online condolences or memories, visit or Cisco Funeral Home Facebook page.



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