Richard R. Walther, 73 of Helenville, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 22, 2023, at his home.
Richard was born on July 9, 1949, in Fort Atkinson, WI, the son of Royal and Katherine (Lange) Walther. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1967 and married Ruth Peirick on May 17, 1974, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Watertown. The couple moved to the family homestead, originally owned by Richard’s grandfather Joseph Walther, and had 4 children. Richard was a dairy farmer his entire life, starting milking on his farm as a young boy. He was baptized, confirmed, and an active member of St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church of Helenville his entire life. Richard played the bass tuba for many years. He played in the Helenville Melody Band, the Jefferson Legion Band, and filled-in in many other local bands. Polka music was his favorite genre. Hunting and fishing were activities he loved, even though his responsibilities on the farm kept him close to home. Watching old western and war movies were always enjoyed and he loved being outside putzing with woodworking. Attending auctions, especially with his sons, were always looked forward to and he was a collector of many “fine things”. Richard was an avid Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badger football fan and often called his children on the phone, screaming “TOUCHDOWN!!” when they answered. He was a stubborn man, who spoke his mind, but had a generous heart and loved his family dearly. He showed tough love and wanted things done right… the first time! He will be missed.
He is survived by: his wife Ruth of 49 years; children Kevin Walther of Watertown; Keith (Lisa) Walther of Jefferson, Kimberly (Michael) King of Kaukauna; and Kurt (Crystal) Walther of Redgranite; 10 grandchildren Christopher, Mackenzie, Alexis, Conner, Greyley, Madelyn, Rylee, Olivia, Madison, and Nathaniel; and his sister Doris (Mike) Kleinsteiber of Jefferson. Richard is also survived by a number other family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Diane Amundson, aunt Ruth Krohn, and other family members.
Memorial in Richard’s honor may be made to St. Peter’s Church or School.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church of Helenville, with Rev. Titus Buelow presiding. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the church. He will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Evergreen Cemetery flowing the funeral.
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