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Wulff Funeral Home

1485 White Bear Ave, St Paul, MN

OBITUARY

Richard John Thill Sr.

November 14, 1923March 12, 2020
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Age 96 of St. Paul. Passed away 3/12/2020 Preceded in death by parents Agnes and Nicholas, brother Robert. Survived by Gloria, wife of 72 years, son Richard Jr. (Debbi) of Hurst, Texas, Theresa (William) Streff of Eagan, MN, 6 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews. Veteran of WWII. Served in the US Navy aboard the USS Ward (DD 139) in the South Pacific for 3 ½ years & served aboard the USS Savannah, a light cruiser, for 1 year in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Received the American Defense Service Medal, with 1 battle star, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, with 7 battle stars, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Unit Citation, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Pearl Harbor Survivor Medal. He is past president of the Pearl Harbor Survivor Twin Cities Chapter #3 and later served as a chaplain. He was a member of the First Shot Naval Vets of St. Paul and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Retired from NSP in 1987 after over 40 years of employment. Began doing “High Voltage” Safety demonstrations in schools, fire stations, etc. after retiring from NSP & Xcel Energy Co.

Visitation 2-5 pm Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Wulff Funeral Home (1485 White Bear Ave. St. Paul) and 9:30 am until time of service on Monday at church. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am Monday, March 16, 2020 at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church (1757 Conway St. St. Paul) Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joseph Hicks (Great Grandson)
  • Sarah Hugdahl (Granddaughter)
  • Blaize McClendon (Granddaughter)
  • Matthew Streff (Grandson)
  • Michael Streff (Grandson)
  • Richard John Thill III (Grandson)

Services

  • Evening Visitation Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Interment Monday, March 16, 2020

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Sister Mary Thill

March 14, 2020

What a blessing Uncle Rich was to family, friends and everyone who had the privilege of meeting him. He was a gentleman, a man of integrity and compassion. He suffered much in his early life and continued to inspire others throughout his 96 years. Blessings, dear Uncle.
May the angels welcome you into paradise and may you have a grand reunion with all our beloved family and friends.
Until we meet again,
Your niece,
Sister Mary

Susan Marschall

March 13, 2020

Terry, so sorry to hear your dad passed. Seeing his notice and reading the funeral will be at St. Pascal’s brings back memories.
Sending my condolences and prayers for you and your family.
Your Derham Hall bus buddy,
Sue Marschall

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Biography

Age 96 of St. Paul.
Passed away 3/12/2020
Preceded in death by parents Agnes and Nicholas, brother Robert. Survived by Gloria, wife of 72 years, son Richard Jr. (Debbi) of Hurst, Texas, Theresa (William) Streff of Eagan, MN, 6 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews.

Veteran of WWII. Served in the US Navy aboard the USS Ward (DD 139) in the South Pacific for 3 ½ years & served aboard the USS Savannah, a light cruiser, for 1 year in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Received the American Defense Service Medal, with 1 battle star, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, with 7 battle stars, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Unit Citation, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Pearl Harbor Survivor Medal. He is past president of the Pearl Harbor Survivor Twin Cities Chapter #3 and later served as a chaplain. He was a member of the First Shot Naval Vets of St. Paul and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Retired from NSP in 1987 after over 40 years of employment. Began doing “High Voltage” Safety demonstrations in schools, fire stations, etc. after retiring from NSP & Xcel Energy Co.

Visitation 2-5 pm Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Wulff Funeral Home (1485 White Bear Ave. St. Paul) and 9:30 am until time of service on Monday at church.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am Monday, March 16, 2020 at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church (1757 Conway St. St. Paul)
Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice.