DAGGETT, Richard W. 81, was born Oct. 1, 1932 in Washburn, WI, to parents Lillian and Winfred Daggett. Later, the family moved to Jackson, WI. Richard graduated with a B.C. Ziegler Scholarship from West Bend High School in 1950. In 1954, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with honors. He spent two years in seminary and was a student pastor for several years in the West Wisconsin Conference of the Methodist Church. Following two year of service in the U.S. Army in Korea, he returned to teach for three years in the Delevan/Darien School System. He moved back to West Bend and began work as a teacher for the West Bend School System in 1962. During that time, he earned a Master of Science Degree in School Administration from UW-Milwaukee. He became assistant principal and counselor and then appointed Principal of Silverbrook Middle School until resigning in June of 1983 to purchase a business in St. Petersburg. While in Florida, he also taught middle school at the Pinellas County Jewish Day School and later became Principal of Highland Park School until its closing. Richard worked for the next five years as a supervisor in vocational services for Boley Behavioral Health Centers. He was named department employee of the year in 1997. Following retirement from Boley, Richard then worked part time for an additional six years doing testing for ASAP under Hospice. Mr. Daggett was a long time member of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church in West Bend, WI, and a member for many years at First United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. He was predeceased by his partner, Jon C. Markin who died of Myelodysplasia/Refractory Anemia in 2010. A memorial Service will be Thursday, Dec. 5th, at 2 pm, at First United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in Washington Memorial Park in West Bend, WI, next to his parents and Jon C. Markin. Miller Funeral Home of Kewaskum, WI, is in charge of interment. Any memorial may be given to the churches mentioned above or to American Cancer Fund in memory of Jon or Richard. Online memorial & guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 26, 2013