TOWN OF LISBON
Richard J. ‘Dick’ Martin
April 1, 1934 – Oct. 11, 2012
Richard J. “Dick” Martin from the Town of Lisbon was born April 1, 1934, in Menomonee Falls, the third of 17 children.
Dick’s parents, Alphonse and Barbara (Schuster) Martin, lived in Sussex and the Town of Lisbon until he was 12 years old. They then moved to Ashippun. At that time, he was attending Richmond School and after school he would work for a local couple helping them with their mini-farm. He was a rural mail carrier and had several acres and some animals. When Dick’s family moved away, he stayed and lived with this couple. They didn’t have any children and they were very good to him. Dick graduated from Hartland High School in 1952.
Dick met his wife, Diane (from Oconomowoc), in 1954. In October of 1956, they were married at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was in the Army from 1955 until 1957. He spent the first year of their marriage in Germany. When he got out of the service, he worked for Archie Ladwig Co. in Waukesha and Quality Block in Sussex. In 1959, he started working for the Gettleman Beer Distributor in Pewaukee. The distributors changed many times during the next 40 years. He retired from WOW Dist. Co. in 1997, due to declining health. He had worked his way up from delivering beer to being draft manager. He has a collection of more than 1500 tap handles.
Dick’s oldest child, Karen, was born in 1960. She is married to Hal Hugg and is a loan officer for Stockman Bank in Great Falls, Mont. They have four children and a grandson. Her children are Kristin (27) and Ryan (25), and her grandson, Paxton (3). All of them live in Montana. Paxton is his only great-grandchild. Hal’s children are Jessica (26) and Sam Hugg (23).
Dick’s son, Todd, was born in 1968. He is married to Sara and works for the Town of Delafield. He has four children. They are Alex (23), Gretchen (21), Josh (19) and Andrea (13). They live in Pewaukee.
Dick’s youngest child, Linda, was born in 1970. She is married to Brian Nevermann and has worked for ProHealth Care for 22 years. They have two children, Delaney (8) and Tierney (6). Delaney and Tierney are the third generation to attend Richmond School, as Dick went there and so did his three children.
In 1961, we built the house we still live. Our land was given to us by the people that raised Dick.
Of his 16 siblings, four are deceased. He was very close to all of them, most of which live in the area. His parents had 56 grandchildren! Dick’s brothers and sisters are Ralph (deceased), Joan Wittnebel (deceased), then Dick, Douglas (deceased), Mary Komp, Rita Jungbluth, Shirley Zweig, Thomas (deceased), Betty Tremaine, Edward, Barbara Kuehl, Susan Grulke, James, Michael (deceased), Christine, Virginia Tremaine and Stephen.
Dick was a member of the Town of Lisbon Planning Commission for 30 years. He also was on the Richmond School Board in 1968 when the old school (where Dick went) was torn down and the new school was built.
As far as traveling goes, we went camping a lot when our children were younger. Dick and his wife went to Maui in 1987 and they went on vacation many times with their friends to Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, etc. They also enjoyed every trip they took to Montana in the last 30 years (by train, plane or driving)!
Dick enjoyed meeting people and felt very privileged to be at Curative every Thursday!
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service Monday, Oct. 14, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.