Richard John Wiltzius Sr., 87, died Friday September 27, 2013, surrounded by his family at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Born on November 22 1925, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Dora (Hansen) Wiltzius.
In order to serve his country Richard lied about his age and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in World War II and was honorably discharged after serving in Guam. On January 26, 1946 he married the former Ruth Brabender at St. Mary Church, in Peshtigo. Richard was employed at Badger Paper Mill where he was a machine tender, he retired in 1987 after 43 years of employment. Richard was a former Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, golf, and riding his bike and was a fan of the Packers and Cubs. Richard enjoyed his dogs and had a wonderful sense of humor, one of his favorite sayings was "Marines don't die, they just fade away."
Richard 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-grand children. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Peshtigo, from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. with a mass of Christian burial to follow at 5:30 p.m.
Burial with military rites will take place Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Daroach and the staff of the I.C.U at Bay Area Medical Center for their kindness and compassion shown to Richard and his family.