Richard Earl Poulson

June 11, 1925 - April 2, 2008

Richard Earl Poulson of Knoxville, Tenn., died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at age 82. He was born June 11, 1925.

Rick served in Europe during World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After his Army service, he returned to his native Wisconsin, graduated from Marquette University and began his educational career as an English teacher and coach at Boys’ Tech High School. He transferred to Milwaukee Marshall High School when it opened in 1961. Rich was an English teacher, guidance counselor and wrestling coach at Marshall. In 1966, he became a public relations administrator and a federal lobbyist for Milwaukee Public Schools before retiring in 1986.

Rick and his wife, Judy, moved to Knoxville after his retirement. In Knoxville, he served on the vestry of the Church of the Good Samaritan and as president of AARP Chapter 3006. He was active in the League of Women Voters during his more than 25 years of membership. In addition to his family, he loved golf, the symphony and Civil War history.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Marie Poulson of Racine; sister, Florence Warner of Racine; brother, Lawrence Poulson of Racine; and grandson, Ryan Bakanec of Waukesha.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Poulson; sister, Nancy Poulson; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Joyce Poulson; children, Rick Poulson Jr., Tim (Debby) Poulson, Victoria (Randy) Krocka, Laura (Chris) Harper and David (Melissa) Schamanski; seven grandsons; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, in Knoxville.