Richard J. Northey
April 14, 1920 - Nov. 18, 2006
Richard J. Northey, 86, of Dousman, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Hazel (nee Keays); children, Alice Lundstrom of Waukesha, Linda Northey of Cambridge, Jane Northey of Fort Atkinson, Sue (Mike) Wood of Waukesha and Thomas Northey of Cambridge; grandchildren, Jeff Carr, Paul Carr, Richard Wood and Sarah Wood; also other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Inez; brother, Lawrence Northey; and sister, Marylee Northey.
Richard was born April 14, 1920, in Cold Spring, Jefferson County. He moved to Stone Fences Farm in Ottawa Township with his parents when he was 2 years old and lived there until he moved to the Masonic Health Care Complex in 1992. He married Hazel Keays on July 14, 1945. He attended the one room Bark River school in Ottawa, played clarinet in the Oconomowoc High School Band and attended the University of Wisconsin short courses for three years. Education was a primary part of his life. In college, he studied music, conservation and modern farming techniques. He taught himself to play the piano and the organ, from a 1910 pump organ to the modern electronic ones. He gave many hours to help his communities. He was president of the following school boards: Bark River, Dousman grade school, Kettle Moraine High School and then Kettle
He was a member of the Dousman Masonic Lodge #315, Glen L. Humphrey Lodge #364 and the Dousman Chapter #257, Order Of The Eastern Star. He was honored "Mason of the Year." He was the organist for these organizations and his churches. He belonged to the farm bureau and dairy organizations. He was a leader in conservation. He was instrumental in organizing the town of Ottawa Recycling Program. He used all his short course training to improve his farm and animals. He supported 4-H and FFA. Stories of his farm and family activities were published in Hoardís Dairyman, Reiman Publications and Meke Wauke Journal. He knew he could never take his children around the world, so he opened his home to entertain foreign students from the university conservation around Wisconsin. He took in homeless boys from Lad Lake and helped them learn farm skills and finish their schooling and also took in a displaced man from World War II and invited their families in.
He was an avid conservationist. He planted (along with his kids) many, many acres of trees and shrubs to encourage birds and other animals. He was the first farmer in the area to do contour plowing and planting on hill sides to save the soil from erosion. He believed it is our responsibility to protect the soil, the rivers and lakes from pollution.
His library was filled with biographies of famous people that made our country great - Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Benjamin Franklin, Abe Lincoln, Washington, Madison - and his Bible and song books. If you wish to honor Richard, plant a tree or bush. Practice recycling and donít pollute our water and air. We do not own the land or trees or water. It is ours to use and protect for future generations.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Drive, Dousman.
Memorials suggested to Heifer International or the Kettle Moraine Scholarship Fund.
A special thanks to the Masonic Home Staff and Seasonís Hospice.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.