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Richard P. Tork, 80, Wisconsin Rapids, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Strawberry Lane Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Wisconsin Rapids, on January 6, 2012.
Richard was born October 10, 1932 in Stevens Point to Walter and Martha Tork and attended St. Lawrence Grade School and Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. He married Barbara A. Mertes on August 18, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church, Nekoosa. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Aerial Engineer from 1951 to 1955 where he logged hundreds of hours in the Blimp Observatory Program while serving at Lakehurst Naval Station, New Jersey with one year at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Richard was employed by Tork Lumber Company as a Yard Manager following his naval service until 1966. He was then employed by Consolidated Papers for 32 years as a Supercalendar Operator. After retirement from Consolidated, Richard was actively involved in the community in a variety of capacities, working as a crossing guard for the City of Wisconsin Rapids and as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus for 50 years as a Third and Fourth Degree Knight where he has earned honors for his recruitment of new members.
Richard will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of playing cards and bingo, watching Brewers, Packers, or Badgers games, bowling, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara, five children, Cynthia (Roosevelt) Dale of LaCrosse, Cathy Dyszelski of Wisconsin Rapids, Christine (David) Ikkala of McKinney, Texas, Rick (MaryAnn) of Frisco, Colorado, and Mary (Bill) Roth of San Jose, California. Foster son, Henry (Carol) Czappa of Racine and sister Audrey of Las Vegas. Nine grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dale, Melissa (Andrew) Miller and Matthew Dyszelski, Cody, Cole, and Dylan Ikkala, Craig Tork and Emma and Anna Roth.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Martha Tork, two brothers Daniel and Raymond, and an infant sister.
Visitation will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven on Thursday, January 10 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am followed by the Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus. A mass of Christian burial officiated by Rev. William Menzel will follow at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady Queen of Heaven. A memorial will be established at a later date.
A special thank you to Strawberry Lane Medical and Rehabilitation center for all of their loving support.
Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Jan. 9, 2013