THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard A. Dembroski
Richard Alphonse Dembroski, 91, passed away Wednesday, June 11 in Oconto.
Born April 23, 1923, in Lena, to Anna and Joseph Dembroski, he attended Sunnyside Elementary School and graduated from Lena High School in 1941. After graduation, he worked on the family farm until joining the United States Navy and served for two years during World War II. After service, he returned to Wisconsin and married Dorothy Mae Leigh in 1950. He then joined the Merchant Marines as a crew member aboard the steamer Francis E. House, sailing the Great Lakes for three years. As he loved the water, his love for family called him home, where he used his skills as a commercial carpenter and worked for the Selmer Construction Company, retiring in 1985.
As a young man, he was an outstanding athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball. One of his achievements was hitting four home runs (two in one inning!), driving in nine runs and connecting for a two base hit in one game. He was knowledgeable of sports facts, especially the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers and was a steward of the land and its resources. An avid hunter and fisherman, he spent many hours at his farm, accompanied by his dog, Toby and tending to his trees and garden with attention to detail. He read historical novels to Car and Driver magazines and could talk about anything.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Denor, Oconto; a son, Michael (Angela), Washington, DC; a grandson; a brother, Ronald (Judy), Lena; cousins; nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 2006.
Visitation was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Joel Sember officiated with full military rites by the Oconto American Legion Jones-Modrow-Young Post #74. Burial was in Oconto Catholic Cemetery. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Oconto assisted the family with arrangements.