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Lonnie L Richardson

Lonnie L Richardson

Lonnie L. Richardson, age 69 of Arkansaw, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at his home in Arkansaw with his family by his side after a short battle with ALS.

Lonnie was born on June 7, 1951 at the hospital in Plum City. He was the son of Leslie “Joe” and Lois (Martin) Richardson. Lonnie grew up in Arkansaw and attended Arkansaw High School. After school, Lonnie started working at Bauer Built and Meyer Industries for a few short years. Lonnie married Deborah Bauer on August 19, 1972 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand. In 1973, Lonnie started working at the original Eau Galle Cheese factory in Eau Galle. He worked there for 33 years and took pride in working for Leo Buhlman at the original location, helping with the move to the current location working for John Buhlman and growing the brand. Throughout his 33 year career he forged many life-long friendships and had many great stories. He also enjoyed driving trucks and in retirement he drove truck for Durand Sanitation for 12 years.

Lonnie was proud to be a 26 year cancer survivor and lived life to its fullest thereafter. He loved his frequent cycle trips to Sturgis and Daytona. He enjoyed hunting, camping, cutting wood, riding atv and spending time up north. Lonnie had an open invitation that if the garage door was open, you could stop in and have a cold beer with him. Most of all, Lonnie loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching them at an early age how to get into mischief.

Lonnie is survived by his wife of 48 years; Deb, four sons; Denny “Bunky” (Jen),  Joe (Danielle), Jeff (Lacey), all of Arkansaw and Jon (Cally Powers) of Plum City, six grandchildren; Canyon, Lincoln, Porter, Cooper, Brielle and Bo, mother; Lois Richardson of Plum City, siblings; Jaci Fritz, Kevin, Kurt (Sue), Tony, Pete (Becky) and Steph (Paul) Yingst, brothers and sisters-in-law; Janet (Tim) Goss, Mike (Audrey) Bauer, Sue (Tom) Milliren, Mary (Doug) Sinz, Gerald Bauer, Jackie (Don) Danzinger, Annie (Brad) Bauer and Tony Bauer (Diane) nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father; Joe, one brother; Arlyn, father and mother-in-law; Tony and Lucian Bauer, Godson; Scott Bauer, sisters-in-law; Elaine Berger and Darlene Bauer.

A Celebration of Life will be 12:00PM Noon - 5:00PM Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Arkansaw Community Center in Arkansaw.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Marty & Diane Prissel

    Our deepest sympathy to Lonnie’s family.

  2. Al and Pat Baier

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Lonnie was well known as the truck driver for Eau Galle Cheese and will be sadly missed by his friends and family. Know that we are thinking about all of you and wishing you peace in this very sad time.

  3. Jeanette and Dan Richardson

    Our love and prayers to Debbie and the entire Richardson family. Lonnie's kindness to us will never be forgotten. Peace....


    Deb and Family,
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss.
    Dave and Kris Polzer

  5. Scott Harmon

    Thoughts and prayers to the Richardson Family. I am sure you will carry many memories that bring smiles to you all. May Lonnie rest in peace.

  6. Betsy & Jerry

    So sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing. May the memories of good times comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  7. David & Dorothy Anibas

    Deb& Family,
    Sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are
    with you .

  8. Brent and Heather Weiss

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  9. Connie Ahlers

    I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy to the entire Richardson family.

  10. Doug Anderson

    Lonnie was a true friend to Janet and I. He was there to help us in our early days of being “campers” He was always willing to help us with any issues that arose. Thank you my friend and RIP, you will be missed ????????????

  11. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Deepest sympathy to the Richardson family. Prayers

  12. Terri Jo (Tulip) Hartung

    So sorry for your loss. I remember spending lots of Fun times with this whole family while at my grandparents Vernon and Bernice Kern.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Loret

    Sorry for your loss.

  14. Connie Bauer

    Deepest sympathy for the family! So sorry for your loss!!

  15. Jennifer Harmon Nickowski

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Richardson family.

  16. Dan and Luann Barber

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Richardson family . So sorry for your lost .cmjekzcu

  17. Tim and Pam Setterlund

    Our Symathies to the family. God Bless you all. ????????????

  18. Sharon (Wayne) & Randy Bauer

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending out lots f prayers & hugs to the whole family

  19. Nick and Sue Sperger

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  20. Tali Schmitz

    So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort knowing he touched so many lives.

    Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

  21. Dave Weber

    Deb and the family I am sorry for your loss. I will miss Lonnie and his annual trips to Sturgis when he would stop in a visit with me. I will always remember our years growing up together and miss his friendship.

  22. Connie Weber

    Deb and boys so sorry to hear about Lonnie! He was a good person and neighbor for many years!!

  23. thomas biles

    sorry for your loss. was a great neighbor

  24. Diane Longsdorf

    So sorry for your loss.

  25. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Sympathy to the Richardson Family!!

  26. Adam and Angela Jacobson

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  27. Tim and Diane Weber

    We are so sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers, sending love and hugs. Denny and Jenny, please let us know if there's anything we can do to help. Take care.

  28. John and Judy Parr

    Awonderful person
    Hugs to all
    Sorry for your loss

  29. Fred& Sheila Hansenby

    Going to miss you so very much. Love You!! Prayers to your family.

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