Richard Brezovec

Obituary of Richard Brezovec

Richard Thomas Brezovec grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born on April 7, 1937 the first of four children. His parents were Mirko and Pandora Brezovec. His family came to the United States from Croatia after WWI. Dick still has an aunt living who is 95. They were an encouragement and a support to each other.


Dick joined the Army after high school in 1956. When basic training was completed he was selected to attend college at Kent State in Ohio. He thrived, studying physics and math. It was during this time he met his future wife, Jan, at a dance downtown. She was also a student at Kent State.


“Lt Colonel” was in the military for life – first in the Army, then in the Navy when he accepted a direct commission as an officer, and then back to the Army to finish his career. His main focus of service was to assemble and test nuclear weapons – a very dangerous job to be sure! He credits a great deal to Officer Dell Grobo who saw potential in him and encouraged him to attend college.

Dick and Jan were married on November 27, 1965. They have three children – one daughter and two sons. Their children are married and they have eight grandchildren who bring a great deal of joy to their lives.


Dick and Jan eventually moved to San Diego for a time before settling in the Bay Area. They attend St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Dick and Jan have enjoyed many vacations together including cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico. Having Jan and his marriage to her is his favorite memory.


Dick belongs to several organizations that he has treasured being a part of: Reserved Officers Association, Military Officers Association, and the Professional Society of Physicists.


They have had many cats and dogs over the years. The breeds of dogs they’ve had include: Pomeranians, Collies, and they now own a “Chiweeni” which is a Dachshund-Chihuahua mix.


The TV programs Dick enjoyed watching were “Everybody Loves Raymod” and “The Middle.”


The motto Dick lived by was: “Be All You Can Be.” And the advice/wisdom he wanted to pass on was: 1) Take the knock on your door that Mother Nature gives you, and 2) Take care of yourself first, then you can help others.


In lieu of sending flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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