Richard ‘Rick’ Vincent Whalen Jr.
Oct. 31, 1938 — Oct. 7, 2016
Richard (“Rick”) Vincent Whalen Jr. went home to his heavenly father on October 7, 2016. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on October 31, 1938, to Richard V. Whalen and Anastasia Boyle Whalen.
Rick grew up on the Irish streets of south Buffalo and attended school there. After graduating from Bishop Timon High School, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Army becoming a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He also served in the Military Police Corps.
In 1963, Rick married Diane Ventre in Buffalo and he began a career with the New York State Police. Several years later, Rick enrolled in LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations. Employment with the New York Public Employment Relations Board was the beginning of Rick’s career in public-sector labor relations. He went on to represent the Rochester (NY) City School System, the City of Rochester (NY), the City of Phoenix (AZ) and the City of Baltimore (MD) respectively as their director of labor relations. Rick was one of the founding members of the National Public Employers’ Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) and was elected president of that organization. He was active in NPELRA for many years.
In 1989, Rick married Donna Hylarides in Baltimore, Md.
Later in life, Rick’s career included hospital security.
He was responsible for developing canine security programs for a number of hospitals in Arizona before retiring to Mukwonago in 2004. In retirement Rick became very involved in the American Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin (District 1). He thoroughly enjoyed the activities of the group including riding in parades and providing funeral escorts for veterans. Rick often visited veterans at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, taking along his special canine companion Bear. Rick also volunteered weekly to drive for Seniors-On-The-Go in Mukwonago. Watching his grandchildren participate in various sporting activities was a favorite pastime. He was so very proud of his four sons and every one of his grandchildren.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Donna of Mukwonago, his four sons, their wives and 11 grandchildren.
Children: Dr. Richard V. Whalen III (Teri) of Eagle, the Rev. Jason Whalen (Andrea) of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Brian Whalen (Nina) of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; and Kevin Whalen (Jennifer) of Glendale, Ariz., and grandchildren: Ivey, Tatum, Jake, Caleb, Carmen, Michael, Daniel, Riana, Reiss, Rhett and Payton. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Gladys Hylarides and brothers-in-law, Douglas, Wallace and Gregory Hylarides, all of Hudsonville, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Joan and Dr. Robert Hume; and his father-in-law Donald Hylarides.
Contributions may be made to the American Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin or Seniors-On-The-Go of Mukwonago.
A visitation will be held on Monday, October 17, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago, from 4:00 PM until the time of the funeral service at 6:00 PM.
Internment will be in Blendon Township Cemetery in Ottawa County, Michigan, on Tuesday, October 18, at 1:00 PM.
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 262-363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.