THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard L. McDougal
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
Richard Lee McDougal was born on August 25th, 1940 in Oconto, Wisconsin to Thomas Clyde Leonard McDougal and Lucille Mildred McDougal (nei Vlies). Richard moved to Peshtigo in elementary school and later attended Peshtigo High School, graduating in 1958. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison for two years and finished at UW-Oshkosh, earning a Bachelor's degree with a double major in English and Economics. He also completed a Master's Degree in Education.
Upon graduation, he taught English at Seymour High School. During this time, he met his future wife, Jeanne Cecille Webber at Fun Valley Ski Hill in Crivitz, WI, when he was stranded and needed a ride home. Dick and Jeanne dated for several years and eventually married on October 28th 1967. They later moved to Peshtigo, and Richard continued teaching English and Speech and eventually became Principal at Peshtigo High School. He was known as a tough administrator with a fair and tender heart.
Richard and Jeanne had three children: Thomas Patrick McDougal, who preceded him in death last April (wife Rori nei Mrjenovich of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren Mackenzie, Madyson and Matthew); Erin Jeanne McDougal Setner of Wauwatsoa, WI (husband Drae, grandchildren John and Joseph) and Megan Binsfeld of La Crosse, WI (husband Matt, grandchildren Elly, Anna Grace, Kate and Madeline).
Richard had a tremendous zest for life and enjoyed several interests. He loved boating on the Peshtigo River and other waterways, hunting at the Oxbow, fishing trips with friends, golfing, eating, drinking Manhanttans, snow skiing, snowmobiling, traveling, wintering in Florida and mostly, spending time with his family. He was also a gracious host, and many memories were made at the McDougal home.
Richard also loved his dogs, and his last furry companion, Buddy Joe, wouldn't leave his side the last few days. Richard was an exceptional husband, father, friend and educator. Anyone who knew Richard was a better person for having known him. He had a truly pure heart and will be greatly missed.
Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 16, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Visitation continued on Monday, Feb. 17 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peshtigo, from 10:00 am until time of services at 11:00 am with Pastor David Murphy officiating.