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Richards, Dick
Checked into God’s Hotel surrounded by his family on Saturday October 4, 2014 at the age of 83 years due to complications of ALS. Beloved husband and soul mate to Carol for 60 years. Loving and devoted father to Dean, Nancy and Karie. Deeply loved by sons-in-law Werner Zahn and Tom Stupek. Grandpa to Greg and Brian Richards, Whitney and Haley Zahn. Also loved by Greg’s Melanie Mager and Dean’s Therese Grayson.
A Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 Pm at ST. WILLIAMS CATHOLIC CHURCH 440 N. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 5:00 PM followed by a reception at the Country Springs Hotel from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Dick was the former owner of the Country Inn Hotel and President of Red Carpet Bowling Centers.
Memorials to the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary Appreciated.
New Berlin Chapel

Past Comments

Gene Haas

Although I didn’t know Dick Richards very well I had great respect for his leadership with the Red Carpet Bowling Centers and his sponsorship of the “Bowling With The Champs” TV show. I was a close friend of Billy Sixty and Hank Stoddard who emceed the show. Also, Dick allowed the Wisconsin PGA to operate their offices at the Country Inn when he became its owner. My wife was the Secretary for four years that it operated there, and appreciated the hospitality that was rendered. Dick was an all-around champion of the sports world in our community, and a great leader….and he will be missed.
Gene Haas, WSGA retired

Tom Knitter

On behalf of the Don Bosco & St. Thomas More HS community I’d like to offer my condolences. Dick was a great role model and was a mentor to me when I first took on the position of President at STM. I’m sorry I will not be able to attend the service to express my sympathy in person, but rest assured Dick, and your entire family, will be in my prayers. I have contacted the current school administration to ask that they include a notice of Dick’s death in the alumni newsletter so friends and classmates from DB ’49 will be aware of his passing. God bless.

Tom Knitter
Past President STM

Phyllis Nickchen

We extend our condolences to you Carol , Kari,Nancy and Dean aand granchidren in this time of grief, and pray that you continue to celebrate your Partner and Dad. We remember you as neighbors across the street many years ago as you saw our family grow up. May the Grace of the Lord continue to be in your lives…..with MTA, Phyllis and Gordy.

Charles Martin

My condolences to the Richards family. Dick was always helpful and considerate to me, especially early in my career when I began thinking about the challenges faced by the bowling industry. His business insights were ahead of his time. He was certainly instrumental in shaping my thinking about customer-to-customer compatibility in service businesses. Thank you Dick; you will be missed. –Charles L. Martin

Robert Laskowski

My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Richards Family. I am forever grateful for the opportunities Mr. Richards provided to our family. My father was able to transition from factory worker to a long career as manager of Red Carpet West. My first job was as a houseman at RC West and over the next 15 years I received priceless experience working for Dick at three bowling centers — The Red Carpet Hotel, Country Inn and Brown Bottle.

It’s been 25 years since I worked for Dick and his family, but hardly a month goes by without recalling some special memory. I can always picture his larger than life presence. I was blessed to have worked for such an amazing leader who made me feel like part of his family. To this day, anytime I face a challenging decision, I simply ask myself, “What would Dick Richards do?

Thanks, Dick. Your influence will always be with me.


Bob Laskowski

Jude Werra

We will miss Dick…that perpetual smile and his generous heart…it will live on, though, in all he touched. We wish you all peace. Nora and Jude Werra

Joe Graebner

What a “Super Guy!”
It was my pleasure knowing him and working with him on the Board of Directors of The Wisconsin Innkeepers, The Greater Milwaukee Hotel-Motel Assoc. and the Convention Bureau. Will be truly missed.
Joe Graebner, Naples, FL.
Formerly with Continental Motor Inn, White Court Motel and also a Don Bosco graduate.

Peggy Kreus

Although I never had the privilege of personally meeting Mr. Richards, I did have the privilege of meeting his daughter, Karie, in Phoenix, Arizona, at a seminar we both attended. God brought Karie into my life that day about 2 or so years ago, and we remain very good friends to this day. I know Mr. Richards was a good man as evidenced by Karie’s goodness. My prayers are lifted for you, Karie, and your dear family as you grieve the loss of your dear father and friend. I love you. Peggy Kreus, Phoenix, AZ.

Nancy & Terry Anderson

Such a warm, wonderful man! And the biggest, brightest smile ever!! Dick will be so missed because to know him was to love him! Our deep sympathy to you Carol, Nancy, Karie and Dean and to all your family. A bright star is back in heaven.
Nancy and Terry Anderson

Ronald Selchert

My condolences to Carol, Dean, Nancy and Kari. So sorry for your loss.

Ron and Kathy Selchert

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