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Richard "Dick" Molke, formerly of Rumson, New Jersey, passed away at the age of 93 on December 27, 2019.   His wife of over 70 years, Louise Gentles Molke, was by his side. In addition to his wife, Mr. Molke is survived by the couple’s three children Richard H. Molke Jr. (married to Mary Pat Lee Molke), Robert W. Molke  (married to Anne E. Magennis) and Lisa Molke Lenker (married to Dr. Robert B. Lenker) and their nine grand-children: Krista, Richard, Joanna, Zoe, Heather, Samuel, Graham, Conor and Kathryn. A Celebration of Life service was held on January 12, 2020 at Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank, NJ, including military honors from the Navy.

Dick Molke was born in New York as an only child to Herman Molke and Matilda “Tilley” Ubel Molke. Dick graduated from Pelham High School and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where he met his wife, Louise, at nearby Russell Sage College. He graduated from RPI in 1947 with Mechanical and Management Engineering degrees. Dick served as an Ensign in RPI’s US Navy ROTC.

Dick formed Remsco Associates, a successful construction company based in Matawan, NJ, with two other partners in the 1950s. Remsco focused on building water, waste, and solvent recovery treatment plants. An early environmentalist, Dick collaborated on the design and construction of a large saltwater wave tank in the 1970s.  The facility is used to research and test oil spill response in the safety of a simulated ocean environment. Dick also served as a member of the Board of Directors of UMH Properties, Inc., a publicly traded REIT.

Dick was an avid sports enthusiast and world traveler.   As a child, he enjoyed being around the water and spent many hours sailing, boating and fishing on the North Fork of Long Island.  He continued these activities in Rumson where Dick, Louise and their children called home for over 50 years. They were long time members of Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, Deal Golf & Country Club, and Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club.  A successful businessman, Dick’s real passion in life was for his family and friends, for whom he provided love, respect and guidance over many years. He and Louise were an inseparable couple whose love and devotion for one another, their children and grandchildren lives on.  Dick had a positive, long lasting impact on all who knew him as well as on the greater good.  He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

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