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Richard Elson Saxby of Chetek, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at his home with his loving family at his side. Richard was born February 12, 1925 in Stanley, Wisconsin, the son of Elson and Gertie
He grew up in northern Wisconsin. He joined the Army in May 1943 and served as a sergeant seeing action in the Philippines, Japan and Korea in WWII and the Korean War. He retired in May 1964 from Fort Carson, Colorado. Richard was proud to have served his country. He was recently honored as a WWII veteran at the Bluegill Festival Parade in Birchwood. He is a lifetime member of VFW Post 10331, Chetek, WI.
He met and married Suzuko Azuma in Yokohama, Japan during his tour in
After retiring from the Army they returned to Illinois and he was employed at a power plant. In 1969 the family moved to Chetek where Richard worked as a welder and had lived
He enjoyed playing horseshoes, pool, bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, cribbage, shaking dice, dirty clubs with his family, and cheering on his Green Bay Packers.
Richard is survived by his children, John (Darla) Saxby, Sun Prairie, WI and Susan (George) Schuller, Osseo, MN; one grandson, Guy Saxby, Osseo, MN; one sister, Dorothy Fechter, Birchwood WI; and many wonderful nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; special neighbors, Bob and Lil Jagminas; and special friends, Joe and Gerry Bossany, and Carol and Greg Meisner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elson and Gertie Saxby; sisters, Myva Smith and Pauline "Peg" Bemis; brothers, George "Bud" Saxby and
Don Dundas; and brother-in-law, Royal Saxby.
Special thanks to Sherri Retzloff for caring for Richard for the last three years. We would also like to thank Heidi Jacobson and her staff at Hands on Homecare and Lakeview Medical
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek Wisconsin. The family will be greeting visitors one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner Wisconsin with full military rites at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. A celebration of his life will continue at the Caddy Shack in Chetek at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lakeview Hospice.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with arrangements.
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