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Richard Terry Etzel Obituary – Topeka Capital-Journal

Richard Terry Etzel (75) Tucson, AZ passed away on September 18, 2022, following complications from quintuple bypass surgery and an aortic dissection after a long struggle to recover. He was born on March 31, 1947 to Richard and Ruth Eileen (Stein) Etzel in Topeka, KS.

He attended Hayden and Highland Park High Schools, the University of Kansas and Washburn University.

Joined the Air Force in 1966, served at Hill AFB, Ogden, UT, Homestead Air Reserve Base in FL and DaNang, Viet Nam.

He loved cars, bought and modified his dream car, a Camero Super Sport, restored all the mechanics of his beloved Mazda Miata and loved music, books, photography and hiking. She had a kind and caring heart.

She married Randy (Olsen) Demoss in 1967 and had one son, Richard Todd, Kansas City, MO. She married Kelley (Thorp) Etzel in 1982 and has three children, Nicholas James, Stephenville, TX, Caitlyn Eileen, Austin, TX, Steven Patrick, Overland Park, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Maurine (Openshaw McDonald) Etzel, her oldest son Richard Todd, sister Deborah (Debbie) Kay Etzel Arroyo (Greg) of Missouri City, TX, and brother Gregory Joseph.

Lived by partner and family of 25 years, Karen Dalziel Tallman, Tucson, AZ, Autumn, Ilan and Lila Tallman, Iowa City, IA, children Nicholas, Steven, Caitlyn, grandchildren Colin Gregory Nolan, Connor Greyson Nolan , Austin , Texas, brother Bob Etzel (Meggan) Lawrence, KS, sisters Mary Ann Etzel Marshall (Steve) Topeka, KS, Therese Marie Etzel Hopkins, Blue Springs, MO, and half brother Randy McDonald (Bethann) Washington, UT .

The memorial service will be held later. To view the full obituary visit


Published online January 27, 2023

Published in Topeka Capital Journal

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