Harold Guy Hal Richards
1930 - 2014
Harold Hal Guy Richards, 84, of Kenosha, Wis., passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
He was born Jan. 6, 1930, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of the late Andrew and Delores (Young) Richard. He was raised in La Crosse, and settled in Kenosha in the early 1950s. Hal proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. On April 24, 1954, he married Ethel Krman at St. Anthonys Church, Kenosha. He worked for over 20 years in construction with several companies, and later was employed by American Motors, before retiring in 1989. Hal was an avid outdoorsman; he cherished the time he spent at his northwoods cabin hunting and fishing with his family. He enjoyed gardening and relied faithfully on his Farmers Almanac every year. He liked to work on machinery and make it run; he would fix old tractors and give them new life. Hal was also known for his love of traveling the back roads (often traveling off the beaten path). Gambling at casinos, solving puzzles, reading, and watching stock car races were among his favorite things to do.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ethel; six children, Gwen Strom, David (Laura), Frank (Kimberlee), Dan (Mary), Sharon (Jim) Ingham, and Pete (Brenda Smith); 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Andrew (Caren) Richard, Patricia (the late Laverne) Zumach, Mary (the late Neilo) Oja, Duane (Mary) Richard, and Phyllis Minkel; and half-siblings, Rose, Ruth, Darlene, Carolyn, Tammy, Michael, Mark, Nancy, and Robert. In addition to his parents, Hal was preceded in death by six siblings, Melvin, Ted, Doris, Joan, Betty, and infant Barbara.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the Aurora physicians, especially Dr. Ikram Rashid and Dr. Andrew LoCurto for their guidance and assistance, as well as the Aurora VNA, Hospice Alliance, and everyone who cared for him in his final days.
Memorial services with Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at St. Anthonys Church, 5100 22nd Ave., Kenosha, WI. Interment with military honors will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI. Memorial visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Monday, June 9, 2014, at PROKO FUNERAL HOME, 5111 60th St., Kenosha, WI. Arrangements were entrusted to STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH, IL. INFO 847-395-4000. Please sign our online guest book at www.strangfh.com
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Published online at KenoshaNews.com on June 6, 2014