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Frank Richie


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Richie, Frank

Frank Louis Richie 91, of Weston passed away at home on April 25, 2017. He was born to Michael and Frances (Stanscyk) Richie on March 19, 1926. He married Evelyn Dabroski April 17, 1948. He is survived by his two daughters; Carol Laatsch, Wausau, Diane (Duane) Landowski, Kronenwetter and his son Michael (Sue) Richie, Rhinelander; 8 grandchildren; Shawn (Kim Cooper) Laatsch, Bangor, ME, Tracy (Rick) Jensen, Hatley, Kimberly (Chris Berger) Laatsch, Wausau, Christie (Christopher) Berry, Maple Grove, MN, Sara (Ethan Bergin) Richie, Eagle River, Jessica Richie, Plover, Lisa (Jesse) Pokszyk, Friendship, WI, and Nathan (Hannah Kolbe) Richie, Stevens Point, 6 great grandchildren; Aspen and Sage Berry, Masyn and Sienna Wormet, Keagan and Kenzie Pokszyk, and one brother Henry Ritchie, Schofield. Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews and the Cheyka nieces and nephews that felt Frank were like a second father to them.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn and son-in-law Gary Laatsch, 3 sisters; Helen Geier, Stella Lenzner, Jean Nass, and two brothers; August Ritchie and Edward Ritchie.

Frank enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and bravely served on the USS LST 872 ship until 1946. He was a proud Navy veteran and was actively involved with the VFW. After his military service, he was employed at Murray Foundry in Wausau and worked for Wausau Metals retiring in 1991.

Frank enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fly- fishing and reel fishing in Northern Wisconsin and Canada. He liked to cross country ski and enjoyed the great outdoors. One of his retirement passions was playing golf and he won numerous first place trophies. He was still looking forward to golfing this year with his son and son-in-law. He was an avid Packer and Brewer fan. Every spring, he planted the most beautiful flowers in his front yard and said that 'Miracle Grow' was his secret ingredient. He always planted a garden and shared the numerous bounty of produce with family. Another passion was traveling. Frank and Evelyn traveled to Texas with good friends, Barb and Leonard Robinson. He also traveled to Hawaii a number of times with his daughter Carol and son-in-law to visit his 2 grandchildren, Shawn and Kimberly. He also visited his grandson Shawn in Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, and most recently in Bangor, Maine. During 2015 he travelled to the Netherlands and Germany as well.

Frank had a passion for spending time with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren, and they were the light of his life. He taught them numerous life lessons which will always be kept in their hearts. He was a guiding force and inspiration to them, encouraging them in all areas of their lives and pursuits. Grandpa's "sweet tooth" was well known by his grandchildren. He especially liked apple pie, date filled cookies, chocolate covered cherries, and sugar cookies with a raisin in the center. Whenever the grandchildren visited him at his house, he always had sweet treats on hand to share with them. His house was their home away from home, a place for family meals and holidays together, a place to play with him and always experience his unconditional love. His smile when he was surrounded by his grandchildren was truly infectious and one that will live on in their memories. Grandpa required "hot coffee" with every meal both at his home and when travelling, and his children and grandchildren were always prepared.

He loved listening to Polkas on the radio and watching them on television as well. He danced polkas at each of his children's and grandchildren's weddings.

Frank had the privilege of partaking in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2011. He received numerous congratulatory letters from family and grade school children, expressing thanks for his service. Every year he participated with the veterans in selling Veteran's Day Poppies which helped fund VWF activities.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00.m. with Father Louis officiating. Burial will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the VFW Post 8895 and the Honor Flight. Online condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from May 7 to May 11, 2017
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