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Richard Charles Lunenschloss

June 3, 2021 | 3 comments

Richard C. Lunenschloss passed away on Memorial Day, May 31. A fitting time for a man proud of his Air Force history.

Richard was born on September 3, 1938. His parents were Charles DeForest Lunenschloss and Gyneth Allison in Richland Center, WI.

He was one of five children. The oldest being Maryanna, Dick, Francis, Julie and Steve. As a young boy, he showed early on traits of initiative, such as taking his wagon and gathering newspaper and metal scraps to sell. He also had a chain of lemonade stands, staffed by other children.

Richard joined the Air Force at seventeen. He was primarily stationed in Alaska on a remote island. His job was that of a cryptographer. After the service, he went to a two year college called Juneau County Technical College and later received a Master’s Degree from UWL. He taught Elementary school for several years; at Bangor, WI, he became an elementary school principal. He married Sue Keefe in 1970. They later had one child, Katie Flottmeyer ( Kevin Flottmeyer). Later he started an advertisement business. He sold advertising specialties he called “Leaky Pens.” and “Holey Balloons.” Later he bought houses. A real “slice of life” experience.

Finally, he had two grandchildren, Sam and Eddie. He loved his extended family very much.

Richard was known as the guy to go to when you wanted something done. Richard was creative. He came up with Lederhosen t-shirts for Oktoberfest. He enjoyed thinking up the next “thing” and always looking forward, not backwards.

We will miss his amusing stories. Being ill with diabetes didn’t stop him from thinking about what was next.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 11th at 12:00 p.m., with a visitation prior beginning at 11:00 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St, Onalaska, WI 54650.  https://goo.gl/maps/XZZp1Qs45SND2sxx7

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the Family.



  1. Kathy Oliver

    So very sorry for the loss of Dick. He was a very energetic man and had a heart of gold. Always a smile on his face! I worked with him through Serigraphics. I printed a lot of garments for him! It was fun attending his Oktoberfest picnics!
    He will be missed.

  2. Kris O’Heron

    Aww…Mr. Lunenschloss
    He was the principal when I was in school. Fun memory: he shared his potato soup recipe with my mom! It was her favorite and I still have it! He was a good guy!
    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Peter Tabor

    I remember Richard from our principal meeting.. I liked his wit and the fact he always had a new iron n the fire. My condolences to his family. Sorry I can not attend his service because of dialysis at that time.


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