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Richard Wakeman, 62, Rio

April 25, 2019 GMT

Richard Wakeman, 62, of Rio, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

He passed doing what he loved, he completed 2.1 miles of a 5K charity walk in Sun Prairie.

He was born Aug. 21, 1956, in Madison, the son of Donald and Delores (Erdman) Wakeman. He graduated from Rio High School in 1974. He worked at Milbrew in Juneau after graduation. He also worked for Dan and Wendt Lime Works and the Fall River Foundry. He retired from Walgreens Distribution in 2017.

He enjoyed helping others. He was a Red Cross blood donor and had become a member of the 10-plus-gallon club. He was an organ donor. He did many charity walks and had already signed up for 25 walks in 2019. He went to many concerts. And he was known for putting out reserved chairs at the Dodge County Fair for his many friends. He attended other country and rock concerts. He played softball for many years in Rio. He was very active in Rio High School sports. He was an assistant coach for girl’s basketball and softball.

Survivors include his brothers, Alan (Kristy) and Russell (Elizabeth) of Rio; nephews, Jason (Amanda), Craig (Tammy), Joshua (Marya), Ryan and Eric Wakeman, Mitch (Kelci) Reuter, and Daniel (Megan) Dembek; niece, Shelby (Dylan Schmidt) Wakeman; great-nieces, Ava Wakeman, McKenzie and Kailyn Dembek; and great-nephews, Eli, Hudson, and Keagan Wakeman; aunt Doris Guenther; uncle and aunt, Robert and MaryAnn Hatzinger; many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; grandparents; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2019, at Grasse Funeral Home, 401 Angel Way, Rio, with the Rev. Tim Gumm officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Grasse Funeral Home and again from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday, April 29, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard’s memory will be given to a charity of the family’s choice. For online condolences, visit grassefs.com.

Grasse Funeral Service in Rio is serving the family.