Richard “Dick” J. Urbonya

Richard “Dick” J. Urbonya, 77, of Chetek, Wis., passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, after a brief illness.

He was born July 10, 1943, in Beloit, Wis., to James and Helen Urbonya. He married his wife Karen Olson on Nov. 30, 1968, and they had one son together, Kevin. Dick and Karen shared 52 cherished years together.

Dick joined the United States Air Force in January 1963 and was honorably discharged in September 1966. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the City of Beloit Fire Department and retired as lieutenant in 1995.

After retiring, Dick and his wife moved to Chetek, where he lived on the lake until his death. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, traveling and watching the Packers and Brewers. He loved being a grandpa to his two grandchildren, Kyla and Hudson, and was always spoiling them. He had a heart of gold and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Kevin (Robyn Beuthling); and his grandchildren, Kyla and Hudson. He is also survived by his brothers, Terry (Jeri) Urbonya, of Rhinelander; Chuck (Barb) Hinds, of Dade City, Fla.; sister, Mary (Loren) Lippencott, of Milton; brothers-in-law, Allen (Donna) Olson, of Beloit, and Keith (Mary) Olson, of Milton, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Interment services will be held at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. with full military honors.

The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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