Richman, Sidney M.
Sidney M. Richman, born October 7, 1917, Sidney M. Richman, 96, son of Max and Fannie Richman, died on Wednesday, November 27,2013, at his residence in Oshkosh. He died almost one year to the day after the death of his beloved wife, Charlotte Baker Richman.
Sid was a graduate of UW-Oshkosh in chemistry and was elected as senior class president. He was chosen as the "Outstanding Graduating Student" by the President of the College. Sid had his own dance band while in high school and college, playing engagements in a five state area. He was employed, part time, as an announcer for radio stations WHBY and WTAQ (now WBAY) while in college.
Taught to fly by Steve Whitman, Sid organized the first "civilian pilot training" class at Oshkosh State College and then joined the Army Air Corps in February, 1941, as a Flying Cadet. He spent 18 months in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, flying 112 combat missions in fighter aircraft, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Soldier's Medal for Valor. After returning to the States in June, 1943, he became commander of the Combat Flying Training Unit which trained pilots in the art of combat tactics.
A graduate of the Command and General Staff School's Air Staff College, Sid was also a member of the General's staff of the 1st Fighter Command as Operations Officer with headquarters in New York. He separated from active service in February, 1945, with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Sid was appointed Commander of the Air Force Reserve Training Unit encompassing the Fox River Valley, and he served in the position for nine years.
After the service Sid was Vice President of Winnebago Iron and Metal Co., which subsequently merged with Block Iron and Supply Co.
Sid was one of five local men who promoted an organization which was eventually successful in
establishing the YMCA of Oshkosh. He was a senior member of the Rotary Club and served on the board of directors. He was a member of the Elks Club, a member and instructor of the U.S. Power Squadron, member of Temple B'nai Israel, serving many terms on its board of directors including that of president, a member of the Oshkosh Country Club, the Power Boat Club, and the Club at Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Charlotte Baker Richman, and brother, William Richman.
Surviving are his daughters Gaye (Lowell) Louis, Sheli (Alan Patterson) Sadoff; grandchildren Mitchell (Kristin) Louis, Laurie (Gary) Adashek, and Lacey Sadoff; great grandchildren Madeline Louis, Baylor and Parker Adashek as well as his nephew, Baker (Barbara) Urdan.
A private burial with family and Air Force Honor Guard was conducted on December 1, 2013.
We would like to thank our father's wonderful caregivers, Felipe and Vivianni Agias, for their unwavering loyalty, kindness, and love. We will be forever grateful.
Donations for Sidney M. Richman may be made to the Oshkosh Community Foundation, 230 Ohio St., Oshkosh, Wl, 54902, or the Fond du Lac Area Women's Fund, 116 N. Main St. PO Boxll71, Fond du Lac, Wl, 54936-1171.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Dec. 13, 2013
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