Our beloved, faith-filled father, brother, grandfather, uncle and dear friend, Richard “Dick” Alfred Blader, left our world to be with his Lord and Savior who Richard spent his life on earth faithfully serving. Richard Alfred Blader was born on November 6, 1937 on his family farm in the Town of Dakota and passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 1, 2019 surrounded by his family. He married Carol (Bursack) Blader on April 24, 1981 at the Weselyan Church in Pardeeville, WI.
Richard graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1960 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He worked a number of years as a supervisor for GM motors and worked in numerous sales positions until his retirement, where he enjoyed his part-time employment at Stoneridge greeting and assisting customers with a smile and hug that was infectious.
He was proud to be an American, and was very passionate about fulfilling his civic duty as a citizen. He was proud to be a lifetime member of the NRA and various Christian organizations that he served and supported. He attended the Waushara Community Church in Wautoma.
Faith, family, friends and love of his country were the center of his life. He was a humble man who enjoyed hunting, gardening and talking with people and sharing his love of the Lord. He spent his life being a faithful servant and was an example of how we should live our lives, with his generous heart he inspired, he loved and he prayed for so many of us. His strong and unwavering faith are part of the legacy that he leaves us all.
He will be missed by so many, who are comforted in knowing that he is in the arms of our Savior who greeted him with open arms and said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Welcome Home.”
Richard Blader was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Louise (Belter) Blader, his wife, Carol, his sister, Eleanor Reilly, brothers, James Blader and Chester Blader. He is survived by his children William Blader (Mary) of Muskego, WI, Deborah (Kevin) Hentges, St. George, UT, Dwight Blader of FL (Rise) and Carmel Blader of Stevens Point, WI. He is survived by his brother, John Blader (Jill), sister, Joyce Blader and sister, Lois (Donald) Semrow, brother-in-law Douglas Reilly, sister-in-law, Barbara Blader, sister-in-law, Janice Blader, sister in law, Kay Abbott, brother-in-law, David Bursack, sister-in-law Mary Matthews, brother-in-law Norman Bursack and brother-in-law Gary Bursack. He is further survived by his grandchildren Sara Herd, Benjamin Blader, Nicholas Blader, Ryan Taylor, Naomi Hentges, Rebbekah Hentges, Kaleb Hentges, Charity Berres and Jeremiah Zidek and 8 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who will all miss him deeply.
Richard will be laid to rest in the Dakota Cemetery, Town of Dakota, Waushara County.