Richard A. ‘Rick’ Stachowiak

Richard A. ‘Rick’ Stachowiak, 64, found peace Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, following an eight-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Nee Graser) for more than 44 years; loving father of Kim (Matt) Roncone, Shawn, Jon (Lisa) and Amanda Stachowiak; and the best grandpa ever to Chris Stachowiak (fiancee Kate), Cody, Alyssa and Dylan Stachowiak and Jacob and Sam Roncone. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Darcy, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was also the devoted son of the late Alex M. Stachowiak and Agnes J. (nee Karlovich) Stachowiak-Prausa and dear brother to the late Alex T. Stachowiak.

A proud Army veteran, Rick served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He was awarded numerous decorations and medals.

He was a retired employee of Milwaukee Carpenter’s District Council, Local No. 344 and was an employee of the Milwaukee Brewers for the last five years. A longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America, Richard also served as a Boy Scout leader. He will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin. A candle lighting service will be at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be from noon until the 1 p.m. Mass of Christian burial on Monday, Dec. 19, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin. Interment with full military honors will be in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Krause Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8009 or visit online at