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Richard “Rick” A. Valentine

April 3, 2024 | 16 comments

Richard (Rick) A Valentine, 73, of La Crosse, WI passed away peacefully on Monday April 1st at his home surrounded by loving family. Rick was born on Oct 1st, 1950 to Robert and Betty (Thomas) Valentine in La Crosse, WI.

After graduating from Logan Sr. High School Rick worked at Trane Company as a Welder for 41 years, retiring on April 1st2011.

Rick married the love of his life, Ellen (Neary) Valentine, on Feb 21st, 1969. Together they had 4 children.

Rick enjoyed crossword puzzles, trap shooting, riding his motorcycle, participating in demolition derbies, camping, and enjoying a nice cold Bud Light with friends. Anyone who knew Rick would never even think about calling at 4:30 while Jeopardy was on TV.

Rick is survived by daughter, Teri Valentine, sons, Todd and Thomas Valentine, and bonus daughter, Dede (Wayne) Hudson. Grandchildren, Branden Shannon, Lexis (Joe) Shannon, Jordan Valentine, Eva, Ivan and Ivy Valentine, Blake Woolard and Nick Valentine, great grandson, Hayes Fisk, as well as many extended family members.

He was proceeded in death by both parents, his wife, Ellen Valentine, Son, Timothy Valentine, granddaughter, Storm Holmes, grandson, Avery Valentine, brother, Robert Valentine and sister, Shelly Valentine.

The Family would like to thank the 6th floor staff at Gunderson Hospital and the entire team at St. Criox Hospice for their support.

Please join us in remembering Rick on Friday April 19th from 4 – 6pm at The Gathering Place 133 Mason St, Onalaska, WI 54650.

A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.



  1. Teri Valentine

    I love you so much dad…I can’t believe how much I miss you already!! I’m so incredibly proud to be your daughter…I hope you had the best reunion ever!
    Love, your pumpkin Teri

  2. Jacqueline Schultz

    RIP my friend. Always Remembered

  3. Rebecca Fabyan

    RIP Rick you will be missed by so many

  4. Michelle Claypool

    Condolences to the family and friends.
    Met Rick when I was 13yrs old as he was friends with Chuck Mcguire my neighbor on the northside..R.i.p.

    • Susan West

      So sorry for the loss of Rick, He was loved by everyone. My condolences to all the family members.RIP Rick, now you are by Ellen.

    • Patty Endris

      My Deepest Sympathies to his family

  5. Tammi Greeno

    Oh Teri my heart aches for you and your brothers. Your dad was a good guy. One of the customers I looked forward to seeing. Bet he and your mom haven’t let go of each other since he got there. Fly high Rick you will be missed.

  6. Karen Y

    Thinking of you & your family during this difficult time.

  7. Dorothy Phelps

    Condolences Teri to you and your family.

  8. Randy and Laura Stedman

    RIP Rick. You will be missed.

  9. Mickie Ruff

    I’m so sorry Teri, I sure am going to miss your Dad. I will never forget our visits, sharing a meal with him and just talking.
    He was always so kind to me and always made me laugh.
    My thoughts are with the entire family.

  10. Terry & Nancy McIntyre

    Teri – your dad was a great neighbor and we will miss him. Our hearts go out to you and the family.

  11. Darlene Adams

    So sorry for your loss Teri, may he RIP.

  12. Katewin Peterson

    Teri — Paul and I along with Craig, Chris and Brian are very sorry for the loss of your dad. I’m sure you and your brothers will miss him very much. You should be very proud of yourself for taking good care of him when he needed you most.

  13. Jane Marie Gallagher

    Teri iam so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers hang in there it will get easier love you jane m gallagher april 17 4;51pm

  14. Gary Thorson

    Met your folks many yrs ago because of Softball…they sure came to alot of games..always a smile and a cold 1


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