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Richard John Wiltzius Sr.
Richard John Wiltzius sr., 87, died Friday, Sept. 27 at Bay Area Medical Center surrounded by his family .
Born Nov. 22, 1925, to the late Nicholas and Dora (Hansen) Wiltzius, he fibbed about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in WWII and was honorably discharged after serving in Guam. On Jan. 26, 1946, he married the former Ruth Brabender at St. Mary Church in Peshtigo and was employed at Badger Paper Mill as a machine tender, retiring in 1987 after 43 years.
He was a former Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach and was a fan of the Packers and Cubs. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, golf, riding his bike, and his dogs. He had a wonderful sense of humor and one of his favorite sayings was Marines dont die, they just fade away.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons, Richard J. jr., Rodney J. (Bonnie) and Ross J. (Lori) Wiltzius; four daughters, Raeleen J. Frappier, Rana J. (Tom) Lund, Rolenda J. Dudka and Rebecca J. (Tom) Hartwig; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Peshtigo from 3 p.m. until time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 5:30 p.m. Burial with military rites took place Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.