Service Date December 5, 2018
Funeral Services honoring Dick’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3720 39th Avenue.
Richard A. “Dick” Firchow, age 91 of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Grande Prairie Health & Rehab Center.
A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was born on December 8, 1926 and was the son of the late Arthur and Tillie (Haubrich) Firchow. Dick attended local schools and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from U.W.-Madison in 1950 after honorably serving our country in the U.S. Navy from February of 1945 until July of 1946.
On April 19, 1952 at Immanuel United Methodist Church, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Stein (his “Flashing Brown Eyes”).
He was employed with AMC in the Planning Department for 36 years. He retired in 1985 and enjoyed more than 30 years of retirement with his family. Dick was a huge sports fan and he enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. He enjoyed golfing and traveling, including numerous City museum bus trips. His favorite vacation was spending time up north in Townsend at his daughters’ cottage on the lake for over 20 years. Another favorite trip was with the entire family in 2002 in Montana (where as a 75-year-old he went white-water rafting for the first time).
Dick was a lifelong and dedicated member of Immanuel United Methodist Church and he was a trustee of the church. Also, Dick was a member of the Mary D. Bradford Alumni Association.
His greatest joy in life came from his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lorraine; his three daughters, Jody (Elwood) Svoboda, Lisa (Paul Kuffel) Lawler and Kristin (Scott) Sanders; his grandchildren, Justin (Steph) Svoboda, Erin (Derek) Hebrink, Kelsey (Brennan Prisk) Lawler and Jack Sanders; and great grandchildren, Kendall, Landon and Griffin Svoboda; and Kaelyn and Adrie Hebrink; his brother, Donald Firchow; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Marion Firchow.
Dick’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Scott Feldy and staff, Hospice Alliance, Inc. of Pleasant Prairie’s staff and the staff at Grande Prairie Health & Rehab Center for the special care that they provided.