OBITUARY

Richard Steve Radovich

March 1, 1931January 3, 2021
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Richard leaves a legacy of strength, love, honesty, hard work, and integrity which will be remembered forever. We are grateful for every day we were able to see his beautiful blue eyes and sweet grin, for the lessons we learned from him, and for the war stories he told, when prodded to do so.

Richard Steve Radovich was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 1, 1931. He attended Boys Tech high school in Milwaukee and graduated in 1949. He was offered the chance to go to college, but instead he told his parents he wanted a truck; with that he started his own hauling business at the age of 17. At 19 he joined the Marine Corp, being assigned to Camp Pendleton, CA for basic training and then serving in the Korean War. He served on the front lines, was wounded, was a Purple Heart recipient, and then was given the opportunity to be an ambulance driver, which turned out to be just as dangerous.

Upon his discharge he returned to Milwaukee and, with the money he saved while in the service because he didn’t drink, smoke or carouse, he bought a piece of land and built a sporting goods store, Evergreen Sport Shop. Richard met his wife at Central Sales Corp., where he purchased sporting goods for his store. After a courtship of six months they were married.

He loved his family, home life, and hard work. He was an avid collector of a myriad of things, including stamps and 101 Ranch memorabilia, but he especially loved mammoth fossils and was interested in learning everything he could about dinosaurs. He was a man of many interests so, of course, there were many hunting trips throughout the U.S. and Canada; besides the occasional fishing with his friends.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and had a certain charm about him the ladies loved. He could talk to anyone about almost anything and had a certain persuasive nature that invited others to tell him things they held secret from others. He was trustworthy and would never divulge a secret, he was an all around great guy. Richard was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Collene Radovich (Chamblee, Rose); grandson, Brent Chamblee; his parents, Steve and Katherine (Magarich) Radovich; and his sister, Sylvia Radovich (Straka).

Richard is survived by his wife, Darlene (Walker) Radovich, his devoted son and best friend, Rory Radovich and his wife, Susan (Kasper) Radovich; grandchildren, Ryan Radovich, Amanda Radovich (Cordes), and Taylor Rose; plus a granddaughter-in-law, Melissa (Fillmore) Chamblee, and 2 great-grandchildren, Collene Chamblee, and Olivia Radovich.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Memories

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KATHY SCOTT

January 12, 2021

Nick and I lived next door to Richard and Darlene for 32 wonderful years. You'll never find better friends and neighbors. We love them. Whenever Richard was watering the plants in the front yard, I would go and talk to him. We disagreed on politics but that never bothered us. We will truly miss him.

Susan Radovich

January 10, 2021

Nancy Lee

January 9, 2021

I remember meeting him over the phone. Darlene and I worked as visiting teachers. I will remember his talks with me. We had a good time visiting. I love ❤️ the Radovichs.

Donna Gold

January 9, 2021

Richard had a special glow about him. His smile said it all. I met Richard 47 years ago when Darlene invited me to their ranch in Buckeye. " Don't be upset if he doesn't talk to you right away" , she said. When I arrived they came out to greet me. and 47 years later we 're still talking. Richard's first words were always "how are you?".......he always cared..........I am better for having known you my friend. Darlene , Rory and Susan my heart is saddened....my love for you all is forever.

Susan Radovich

January 9, 2021

Catherine Pressey

January 7, 2021

Well I personally never had the honor of knowing Richard but through my god-daughter Susan he was a strong, kind and loving man. We do know his son Rory & he was raised by Richard & his Mom. Rory projects his Dads qualities in many ways he also is an honorable & kind husband & Dad to his family.

Susan Radovich

January 6, 2021

Susan Radovich

January 6, 2021

Oh how we are going to miss you. What a blessing for all of us to have so many wonderful memories which makes saying good bye to this good man that much harder. So to Richard who was a son, a Marine, a husband, a dad, a dad-in-law and a granddad we say Godspeed. And to quote the song, “ When I get there, promise you’ll track me down and show me around.” We love you and will miss your forever. Forever in our hearts.

Susan Radovich

January 6, 2021

Before Richard was my dad-in-law he was a son. Then he was a Marine who went off to war and was wounded. He came home a Purple Heart recipient to start his civilian life. Then he was a husband to his love Darlene and together they became a mom and dad. It was his son (who was his best friend) I met and lucky me got to have Richard for my dad-in-law. I could say so many things yet the most important is how Richard loved his family. He loved me like I was one of his own and I will cherish that love forever. We had so many conversations. Some very serious, some very silly yet he was always willing to sit and chat. So many memories, asking me “when you going to have that baby” when I was very pregnant with Ryan and the guys wanted to go out hunting. It was hunting season in Alaska and Richard was ready to go. How Richard and Rory loved hunting in Alaska when we were stationed there. Visits were always so precious and just a time to enjoy being together. When we were stationed in Germany Richard and Darlene came over 3 of the 4 years we were there. They came ready to go and we sent them home exhausted. Those trips were beyond wonderful. The time together, the adventures we had, so many laughs and those memories they warm my heart. I feel blessed to have them, they let me smile thru my tears and it will make me miss Richard that much more. He was an amazing Grandfather (Gpa) as his grandchildren can attest. I remember when the kids got to fish at Gpa’s ranch, they had a blast! He was so silly with them and they loved it! He and Amanda (his only granddaughter) had this thing they did talking to each other with their fingers in silly voices with silly names. We’d all laugh until we were crying! Amanda sent me a song called “Show me around” by Carly Pearce and one of the lines is “I hope you know you left your mark on this world”. Richard please know you left a mark on our world. With your love, your caring heart and your big sense of humor.

FROM THE FAMILY

March 1, 1037; Rich's 6th birthday

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March 1, 1037; Rich's 6th birthday

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Collene, RIch, Rory, March 1961.

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Richard and Darleen in Rothenburg, Germany

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October 1985

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Pa R, Rory, Ma R., Collene, Me & Rich; Dec 1974

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Collene, Dad & Mom 1980

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