Richard DeschaineIssue Date: May 31, 2018
Richard "Dick" Deschaine, 87, of Green Bay passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Born April 28, 1931 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Jerry and Anna (Dobeck) Deschaine, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1949 where he was class president.
Prior to his NFL career he served in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War. On June 28, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Phyllis "Candy" Hannot and they enjoyed over 46 years together until she preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1997.
He was inducted to the first of class, inaugural Menominee High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 5 , 2018. He lived the dream of many young football players by not only receiving a tryout from the Green Bay Packers, but earning a spot as a punter specialist and spending four years in the NFL, with a career average of over 42 yards per punt.
He played for both the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns and was recognized by Packer Historians as the most talented punter in Packers history.
He also played baseball for the Menominee Indians of the Northern States League and fast pitch softball in summer. One season he batted .500 with 17 home runs in 15 games in the M&M fast-pitch league. Whether playing in competitive professional sports or enjoying rounds of golf with friends, he was a born natural at all.
After retiring from football, he worked for many years in the Automotive Industry. He enjoyed planting, growing and eating tomatoes, looked forward to big sporting events on TV, loved playing music and enjoyed life and time with family and friends. He will be remembered as a lovable person that lit up a room.
He is survived by his "gal" Annette Fuller; four children, Jerry Deschaine, Kim (Joe) Collette, Lynn Deschaine (special friend, Bill) and Vicki (Greg) Boulanger; eight grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Steve Harrington; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Wally and Glady Deschaine and Norm and Mary Deschaine.
Gathering of family and friends will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Lane, Green Bay on Thursday, May 31 from 1 p.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Mark VanderSteeg officiating. A Celebration of life followed at his favorite supper club, Wally's Spot. A memorial fund has been established for Menominee High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Hansen Family Funeral Home of Green Bay assisted the family with arrangements.
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