Richard L. Hammerschmidt
1948 - 2020
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Richard L. Hammerschmidt

Sullivan - Richard L. Hammerschmidt, age 71 of Sullivan, passed away on Friday, April 24 at Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa. He was born on July 27, 1948, to Lawrence and Violet (née Johnson). He was a 1966 graduate of Nathan Hale High School. He served in the Air Force Reserve and thereafter worked for Briggs and Stratton 31 years, attaining the level of supervisor. With a special interest in black powder and bullseye shooting, he was an avid member of the Oconomowoc Sportsman Club. Richard enjoyed simple pleasures and country living; hot tubbing, watching Westerns, playing cribbage and chess, spending afternoons with family. He gave much love to his dogs; it was important to him to rescue and give them a better life. He is survived by his children Tami (Mark) Hetzel and Todd (Mihaela) Hammer, his stepchildren Mike Malkovich and Deana (Larry) Ford, and many grandchildren. His life will be memorialized at an intimate gathering of close family. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to New Beginnings Shi Tzu Rescue (online) or Frosty's Fosters Animal Rescue, Inc. (checks sent to P.O. Box 105 Beaver Dam, WI 53916), who are finding new, loving homes for his dogs.

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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from May 4 to May 10, 2020.
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May 11, 2020
Dick, I am so very proud of our daughter Tami for all she did this year to help you out while you were in hospital most of this year. I know how much you needed and appreciated all she did for you. Especially for not giving up on your 2 dogs whom you loved with all your heart. She tirelessly drove 45 minutes to your home almost daily, to make sure Rusty and Zoey were well taken care of. Tami has been a true blessing to both of us and again couldnt have been more proud she was always there for you when you needed her the most. May you Rest In Peace.
Bonnie Ehler (formerly Hammerschmidt)
May 10, 2020
We lost contact for many years, finally my cousin and I found each other and communicated on Facebook for the past few years. At no time did he indicate he was ill. He mentioned one time he might like to visit, I wish that would have happened. Your cousin Ward Keller
Ward Keller
May 8, 2020
Nice to all that work with him, he will miss by many on FB. He loved his furry friends and shared them all the time. Prayers for his family
May 8, 2020
Rest in peace Richard. Every day was a memorable one working with him at Briggs. He was a fun great sense of humor. I can't believe he's gone. I hadn't talked to him in a while. I planned on doing a surprise attack visit. In the past I would stop after Jefferson car show swap meet. Best Great Dane dog sitter I ever had. He taught my puppy every bad habit there was to teach. He was very proud of that too. I can't tell you how many times on the assembly line busy running around he would call the line phone I would pick up the receiver to an earful of hand cream. I would then look around the assembly line to always find him standing close by busting out laughing. Great guy sure will miss him.
Chris Thiemer
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