Richard Lee Ruegsegger, age 85, of Monroe, WI, formerly of South Wayne, passed away on July 10, 2018 at Aster Assisted Living.
He was born on March 8, 1933 in Wiota, WI, the son of Victor and Wanda (Seffrood) Ruegsegger. He graduated from South Wayne High School in 1951. He enlisted in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Richard married Jean O'Brien on June 4, 1960 at St. John's Catholic Church in South Wayne. Richard ran a successful family dairy farm with Jean in Wiota Township for many years. He retired from dairy farming for the first time in 1994. Getting bored with retirement, it wasn't long before he rebuilt his dairy herd to milk four more years and retired a second time in 1998. The family farm, which started in 1917, is still in the family and managed by his sons.
Richard was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in South Wayne. He was an avid card player and Euchre was his specialty. He enjoyed playing cards with a longtime group of friends most afternoons. He and Jean were also in a local couples' card club for many years. He also enjoyed riding horses and along with Jean was a member of the local saddle club. He played slow-pitch in the Tavern leagues in Gratiot and was a sought after pitcher. In his retirement years he enjoyed watching Wiota Home Talent baseball. He also enjoyed watching high school sports and had a lifetime pass for Blackhawk Warrior home games.
Richard is survived by 3 sons: David Ruegsegger of Monroe, Michael (Amy) Ruegsegger of Woodbury, MN and Thomas (Amy) Ruegsegger of Oshkosh; 7 grandchildren: Brittany, Joseph, Caleb, Katelyn, Zachary, Joshua and Nathan; siblings: sister Carol (Larry) Skivers and brother Fredrick (Pat) Ruegsegger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean and his grandson Eric.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant.
Visitation will be Friday, July 13, 2018 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th Ave. in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation at Wish.org.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.shriner111.com.