Dick Kressin

LAKE MILLS — Richard F. “Dick” Kressin, 83, of Lake Mills, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Dick was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Janesville, to Francis and Anna Marie (Doheny) Kressin, and was the oldest of five children.

A lifelong learner, he graduated from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1959, and later received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He then continued to take graduate-level courses over a period of years.

Dick married Sally (Schlegel) on June 11, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Dick was employed as a teacher in Bloomington, Wis., before moving in 1968 to Lake Mills, where he served as guidance counselor for the middle school in Jefferson until the time of his retirement.

Dick was a respected educator, coach, and mentor to many students and athletes throughout his years. He coached youth sports and also high school basketball, football and baseball, achieving many championship titles in baseball. He also played basketball and baseball in college, where he pitched a no-hitter.

To his children, he could get any message across with a simple look — you knew what he meant.

He was a hunter, fisherman and an avid sports fan, especially college-level sports and boxing. He also enjoyed going to the casino, fishing trips to Branson, and was a fabulous cook.

He enjoyed watching Westerns, and loved spending time with his granddaughters and his beloved great-grandson, Boden.

Dick is survived by his wife, Sally; his four children, Christine Austin, Peggy Kressin, Michael Kressin and Patricia Kressin; granddaughters, Michele Austin, Andrea Austin, Lauren Austin, Samantha Kressin (fiancé Adam Lehman) and MacKenzie Kressin; and great-grandson, Boden John Austin. He further is survived by a brother, James (Shirley) Kressin; an uncle, the Rev. Thomas Doheny; and special nephew, Doug Haverland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, John Austin; his siblings, Colleen Petersen, Maureen Gonfiantini and Francis “Butch” Kressin.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, a private Catholic Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. Thomas Doheny and the Rev. Bob Hughes co-presiding. A special thank you to Rainbow Hospice, Johnson Creek.

Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills is assisting with arrangements. www.claussenfuneralhome.com.

Dick enjoyed all genres of music, and wanted to share the lyrics of one of his favorites:

“We’ve tasted the best of our memories

We’ve laughed ‘til we ached to the bone

It’s the other side of the evening

And it’s time for us all to go home

We cried when we talked about the old times

We toasted your health and my own

It’s the other side of the evening

And it’s time for us all to go home

It’s the other side of the evening

Sunrise is chasing the moon

So let’s make a promise to meet again

The same time and place sometime soon

We’ve sung all our songs about the good times

The sad times of being alone

It’s the other side of the evening

And it’s time for us all to go home”

— “The Other Side of the Evening” by the Irish Rovers.

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