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Richard K. Waltmire

Richard K. Waltmire

April 17, 2017

Richard K. Waltmire, age 91, of Eau Claire, died on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire surrounded by his family.

Richard was born on December 2, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mary Lucille Waltmire. Richard spent most of his younger life as a resident of Pekin, IL graduating from Pekin High School in 1943. He then attended Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. On August 15, 1948, he was united in marriage to Vivian Barton. In October, 1958, a daughter, Nancy Jean, was born to them.

Richard began his career working for McKee Door Company in Aurora, IL. He later served Leath & Company for numerous years before accepting a job with Woolworth Corporation thus moving to Menomonee Falls, WI. He returned to school for a degree in Nursing Home and Retirement Home Administration; later becoming an administrator for numerous nursing and continual care homes throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. In 1990, Richard retired from The Holmstad in Batavia, IL.

After retirement, Richard and his wife moved to Eau Claire, WI to be with their daughter and family. Richard enjoyed organ music, golf, the Chicago Bears and Cubs, and gardening. He volunteered at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire as a Chaplain for 15 years and was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge of Free Masonry.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian; daughter, Nancy (Ronald) Wendt; grandson, Adam Wendt all of Eau Claire; nephews, Richard Childress of Winchester, England and David (Sue) Childress of Crystal Lake, IL; cousins, Daniel (Karen) Baker of Peoria, IL and Norma Anderson Pekin, IL.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lucille; grandparents, Benjamin and Lillie May Waltmire; sister-in-law, Eloise Childress; aunts, Helen Waltmire and Margaret Baker; uncle, Eldon Waltmire; and cousin, Carolyn Waltmire.


Graveside Service: 10:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017 at Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire