Richard Kiltinen

Richard Kiltinen passed away on Sunday June 27, 2021 at the age of 87. Born in Marquette, Michigan on March 5, 1934 in the heart of the Upper Peninsula along the shores of Lake Superior. He bore the title “Yooper” as a badge of honor. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and embraced the concept of SISU held by Finns to express their national character. Richard enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and he served for 4 years. He achieved Boiler Technician 3rd Class and his occupation after the Navy was Boiler inspector. He retired from FM Global as Chief Boiler inspector. He married Geraldine Burda in 1958 at Precious Blood Parish in Detroit, Michigan. They had two children. Dick loved spaghetti dinners, strong black coffee, cold beer, hot saunas, fast cars, and riding his Harley.


Richard is survived by loving wife, Geri, son; Paul (Sheila) Kiltinen, grandchildren; Shea Kiltinen, Shelby (Alan) Wagoner, Rebekah (Patrick) Jacunski, great grandchildren; Annabelle and Maverick. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Kiltinen Melcher, parents Hannah and Donald Roberts, brothers Elmer Kiltinen, Donald Kiltinen and Edwin Roberts. He will be missed by a host of family, friends, nieces, and nephews.


The visitation for Richard will be held on Saturday August 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the start of services at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony on the lake Catholic Church W280N1201 Prospect Ave, Pewaukee, WI. The burial will be held privately.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services are serving the family.  For further information, please call 262‑542‑6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit