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With sympathy on behalf of the Holy Cross Parish Family

Richard Martinson is the father of Richard (Cheryl) Martinson.

Richard V. “Dick” Martinson, age 73, of Rhinelander passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Dick was born on March 12, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin to Sverre and Gladys (Mattice) Martinson. He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in Racine in 1955. In 1958, he married his wife, Joan Ulstad. Dick was employed as a Computer Operation Specialist for S.C. Johnson Company for 30 years. The couple moved to the Northwoods in 1987. He and Joan volunteered with bingo at the V.F.W. in Eagle River and Dick helped the Civil Air Patrol doing search and rescue. He also enjoyed model airplanes, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and playing on his computer. They were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Dick is survived by his wife, Joan; his sons, Richard G. “Rick” (Sherry) of Brussels, Wisconsin, Rodney of Racine, and Ron (Michelle) of Rhinelander; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Kyle, Jared, and Haylee Martinson; one nephew and several nieces; and his sister-in-law, Mary Jane Reigart of Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dick will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Nativity of Our Lord Parish – St. Mary’s site with Father John Gerritts and Deacon Michael Harvey officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Racine at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services beginning at 10:00 A.M. A memorial has been established in his name and contributions may be directed to the family. Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home, 715-365-4343, is assisting the family with arrangements. All are invited to share memories of Dick online at www.hildebrandfh.com.

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