A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Richard Runde of Cedarburg at noon on Thursday, Dec. 4, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, in Cedarburg. Richard passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 after a brief illness, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will take place at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.
Richard "Dick" was born on Feb. 16, 1934, the second of four sons to Oscar and Elvira (nŽe Lolwing) of Cuba City. He attended Loras Academy and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Marquette University School of Dentistry where, in 1958, he earned his DDS degree. On Sept. 6, 1958, Dick was united in marriage to Phyllis Van de Kamp of Milwaukee at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Milwaukee and began both a family and dental practice in Cedarburg. Both the dental practice and family grew with five children blessing their union as Dick practiced 50 years of dentistry in Cedarburg. He was active in the State Dental Society, Toastmasters, the Boy Scouts and as an instructor of clinical dentistry (part time) at Marquette for 30 years.
Dick served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 20 years and attained the rank of Commodore of the 9th Western Region. In 2005, while participating in Coast Guard activities on Leech Lake in Minnesota, Dick was instrumental in a rescue for which he was awarded the Silver Medal for extraordinary bravery by the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS).
Dick loved his family, his work and his hobbies and remained meaningfully engaged in all of these until the end of his life on earth.
Dick is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 50 years; his children, Christopher, Timothy (Stacey), Steven (Lori) and Christa; his brothers, Patrick (Alvina) and Michael (Anne Marie); his grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Samuel and Jacob; and countless friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Joseph; and his son, Richard Jr.
Dick will be missed by all and his contributions remembered by many.
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