Richard “Rick” Althaus, age 62, of Albany, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Rick was born on September 29, 1959 in Monroe, the son of Walter and Eileen (Schneeberger) Althaus.
Rick graduated from Albany High School in 1977 and attended Blackhawk Area Technical College. He was employed at Woodman’s Food Stores for 34 years as a cashier and later a supervisor, retiring in 2020.
He loved sports and followed his favorite teams-Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks. If he was not at the game, he was sure to be watching at home. He went to as many games as possible, even attending Brewers spring training games in Arizona. One of his favorite memories was watching the Milwaukee Brewers play the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series at Milwaukee County Stadium.
Rick spent seven years on the Albany Fire Department, being a 3rd generation firefighter alongside his dad and grandfather. He enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Rick was a bowling coach for the Albany Junior Bowlers after participating in that program for many years. He has the distinction of being the first junior bowler to bowl a 600 series at the Albany Lanes.
He spent a lot of his leisure time locating historical markers throughout the state. His most cherished memories were time spent with his two sons, Austyn and Kody. He loved them dearly and did everything possible for them.
Rick is survived by his two sons, Austyn and Kody, both of Monroe; ex- wife and mother of their children, Wendy Althaus of Monroe; his parents, Walt and Eileen Althaus of Albany; two sisters, Chris Beer (Mark Chojnacki) of Monroe, and Jacki (Todd) Sutherland of Albany. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Crystal Beer (Dan Welch), Jennifer Beer, Amanda (Randy) Spotts, Katie (Phillip) Ziegman, Johnathan Sutherland; five grand nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Alma (Babler) Althaus and William and Gladys (Blumer) Schneeberger.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held Sunday, July 17, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Albany Lion’s Club, 402 N Cincinnati Street. A memorial fund will be established in Rick’s name. The Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared at www.newcomerfuneralhome.net
He will always be remembered for his kind and gentle soul. R.I.P., Rick.