Richard A. FaucettIssue Date: November 18, 2020
Richard "Dick" A. Faucett, 88, entered into eternal life on Nov. 11, 2020.
He was born on June 7, 1932, in Menominee, Mich., to Franklin and Edna (Messenger) Faucett. Richard graduated from Marinette High School in 1950 and attended Texas A&M University on a ROTC and football scholarship. He later transferred to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He married Carol Dufresne on June 1, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marinette.
He enjoyed a 30-year career as a forester and land agent for the Wisconsin DNR. Richard was also a proud member of the Army Reserves for 28 years and retired as a Major. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, as well as an active member of Saint Anthony Parish in Marinette, volunteering for countless fundraisers for the Church over the years. He was also a generous supporter of the Catholic school system in Marinette and served on the Catholic Central (now St. Thomas Aquinas Academy) School Board.
Richard cherished the company of his friends and family and relished a good laugh, as well as a good debate. He was a remarkable storyteller and enjoyed reminiscing about his idyllic childhood days spent at his father's logging camps and with his family at their summer retreat on their farm. He never missed an opportunity to recount the details of his many successful deer hunting endeavors with his children and fishing trips with his grandchildren on Lake Noquebay.
Most central to his life, however, was his beloved wife of 63 years, Carol. He considered himself incredibly lucky to have her as his bride and often remarked that his greatest flaw was that he "loved her too much." Richard lived a very blessed and full life and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Faucett, along with their five children and families: Franklin (Clarissa) Faucett of Marinette, Michael (Christine) Faucett of Appleton and their children: Michael (Megan), William, and John; Joseph (Sally) Faucett of Menominee and their children, Rev. Matthew, Nathan, and Joseph; Mary (Dr. James) Tandias of Marinette and their children, Ryan and Rachel Tandias; and Richard (Dawn) Faucett Jr. of Mequon, Wis., and their children, Anna and Lauren; his sister, Mary Ellen Sorensen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Franklin and Herbert (Bud) Faucett and his sister, Patricia Pesare.
Richard's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Almost Family Home Health (especially Bobbi Brown, Patti Heckel and Jacki Kessel); Joanne Kirby and Lisa Knopik; Dr. Gian Daroach and Dr. Yasser Salem and their clinic staff; Bay Area Medical Center, The Harbors Retirement Community, and the Rennes Health & Rehab Centers for their outstanding care.
Because of COVID-19, a private Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marinette with the burial and military honors to follow. There will be a celebration of Richard's life for all who would like to join at a future time when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Thomas Aquinas Academy of Marinette in Richard's name. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.
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