Menting, Richard James
Richard James Menting, 88, a long-time resident of Allouez and De Pere, died of Parkinson's disease, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Needham, Mass.
A son of Edwin and Lucile (Murphy) Menting, Richard was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Antigo, where he attended St. John's grade school and Antigo High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy
early in 1941 and attended basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Richard, who had played bugle in the Antigo High School band, was named battalion bugler soon after arriving at Great Lakes. On Dec. 25, 1941, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Phoenix, a light cruiser that remained in action in the Pacific theatre throughout World War II. As a member of that ship's crew, Richard took part in 25 engagements, including those at Guadalcanal, Leyte P.I. Landing, and Corregidor-Marvieles, before mustering out on Nov. 1, 1945, in Bainbridge, Md.
Following his discharge, Richard moved to Green Bay, where he worked in the accounting department at the former Olson Transportation, a trucking company. While there, he met Rosemary, his future wife. They married in 1947.
Richard also worked at C.W. Transport in Wisconsin Rapids, before leaving to manage the office of a Preble-based construction concern. He joined the former Murphy Supply in Green Bay, as a credit manager, before moving to Moe Northern in Appleton, where he worked until his retirement in 1986.
A good man, well loved by his family and friends, Richard is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his son, Paul; his daughter, Ann; a sister, Janet Kamps of Antigo; a brother, Kenneth of Waukesha; and numerous nieces and nephews. Commemorative services will be held in Allouez in the spring of 2013.