Life Story / Obituary
Richard "DICK" M. Thoennes of Racine, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee. Dick was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21,1936, son of the late Philip and Catherine (Reinke) Thoennes.
Dick lived most of his life in Racine. He attended St. Patrick and St. Rose grade schools and graduated from Washington Park High School. Furthering his education Dick graduated from Ray Vogue School of Photography in Chicago and also enrolled in management classes through the University of Pennsylvania.
He proudly served his country twice. First in the Army at Fort Eustis VA and then on active duty with the National Guard at Fort Lewis, Wash. during the Berlin Crisis.
Throughout Dick’s career he was employed by gas stations, Western Printing, as a portrait news & industrial photographer and lastly for the Bell Urban System as a driver & dispatcher.
Dick's hobbies were riding motorcycles, golfing, photography, baking & working on his lawn.
He was a member of Yorkville Methodist Church, Razor Sharp Gym, Goldwing Road Riders Assoc., The Williams Golf League, The Fortunate Souls Motorcycle Group. Dick loved baking for the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Christ Church. He loved Pittsburgh & the Steelers.
On December 19, 2009, at Christ Church he was married to Pat Panyk.
He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his wife Pat; nieces and nephews, Terry (Roger) Richards, Paula Salerno, nephew Joe (Rita)Badham, Ted (Barb) Storheim; special friend, Tom Mills; and many other friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Philip, Donald, William, and sister, Phylis & his little dog Tina which he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.
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