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Richard Walter Hellerude

January 27, 2018 | 10 comments

Richard Walter Hellerude, 79, died in his home on January 27, 2018 in Holmen, WI.

Richard was born on June 22, 1938 in La Crosse, WI to Joseph E. Hellerude and Katherine D. Hellerude (Phillips). He attended Logan High School and graduated in 1957.  He married Mary J. Owens in 1960.  The couple had four children.  Richard worked in fire protection services throughout his career.

Grump (Richard) is survived by his wife, Mary; their children, Joseph Hellerude, Susan Hellerude-Borchardt (Bruce), Lawrence Jalapeno Hellerude (Renae Hellerude (Devine), and Sara Motor Hellerude; Sister; Joan Schappert (Hellerude) (Bernie), and his grandchildren, Katelynn Hellerude, Brock, Brittany, Brookelyn, Bronson Borchardt, Samuel, Zeik, Isaac, Solomon (Stoeckley) Hellerude, Cole, Taylor, Hunter Peterson; Great-grandchildren, Apollo Donella, Treyvon Hutchins; Friends; Joe Kawatski and Jerry Reincke; Dog, Boomer.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine; and his granddaughter, Cassandra Hellerude.

Grump regularly attended church at St. Elizabeth in Holmen.  He was an avid athlete his entire life ranging from boxing to running and everything in-between.  In his adult life, he ran numerous marathons and a 70.3 triathlon.  Despite a chronic knee condition, he ran every day for five years and five days.  He was an avid outdoors man where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Holmen Rod and Gun Club, Brice Prairie Conservation Club, Police Science bloodhound cadaver training, Coulee Archers club, Cowboy Action shooting, and Boy Scouts.  Grump was a best friend to many and truly enjoyed his family, especially the countless hours he spent with his grandchildren.

Grump was born on the kitchen floor at 1816 Bainbridge St. on French Island where he was also raised.  He grew up in a time and place which was much different than today.  People had hard times and hard work.  He knew nothing but hard work. He told childhood stories of when his mother would send him out trick or treating with soap for soaping windows in the event that a family did not pass out candy and tipping over outhouses on New Year’s Eve.  In the winter, the neighborhood kid’s parents shoveled the ice around the island so that the kids could play hockey.  He raved about the pressure-cooked bluegills that his mother made with the fins, skins, and heads still on as well as her infamous turtle soup.  He grew up as a river rat set lining and ridding the island of jack rabbits.

With the upbringing Grump had, he continued his life with strong values and extreme integrity.  Friends and family were of the utmost importance along with hard work.  His greatest times in life were ones with those friends and family working hard.  He taught many life lessons to his children on the benefits of work ethic, citizenship, and quality relationships. When his grandchildren came of age, Grump’s greatest pleasures came from passing these same lessons to them.  He was a great teacher as every experience with him was a valuable learning lesson that will be carried on for generations to come.

A funeral is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish in Holmen, WI with visitation starting at 9:30 A.M. Father Parr will officiate the ceremony.  There will be a luncheon following the ceremony at the church. All are welcomed to celebrate Grump’s life. Flowers and condolences can be sent to the church at 515 North Main St. Holmen, WI 54636.

Grump was a devoted grandson, son, brother, husband, father, grandparent, and a friend to many.  His rare and remarkable legacy will live on in the lives he touched for generations to come.

“I will see you when the wind changes.” ~ Richard W. Hellerude



  1. Julie martell

    So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Even though we know death is enevitable, it’s so very hard when it takes our loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Julie

  2. Steven Kadera

    Dick was always someone that was noticed. Anytime any help was needed by anyone, he would be there to help. RIP Grump!

  3. Gabrielle Donella and Family

    There are no words that one can say at a time like this. Mary, I have only known you for a short time and my heart breaks for you.I will hold you and your family in my prayers. May God be with all of you.

  4. Cassandra Olivarez and Family.

    So sorry for your loss! My dearest condolences!

  5. Deb Holzer

    Dear Mary and family, I have so many wonderful memories of Richard and the whole Hellerude family. Brady and I found a second family in you guys. I remember Dick calling for Brady to come and play. I would dress him up in his winter clothes and he would waddle down the alley to Richard. They would watch TV in the garage, eat popcorn and drink kool-aid. He was always there with a shoulder and a joke. God bless him and all of you.

  6. Jane Osowski

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

  7. Kori Nawrot

    Sue, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Know you are in my prayers and may the memories you have help you through this difficult time.

  8. La Crosse Logan Alumni Association

    On behalf of the La Crosse Logan Alumni Association we would like to extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and yours on the passing of a former Ranger. Please be assured that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  9. Yvonne Stuhr

    Rest in peace Grump, see ya on the other side one day! Thanks for the PS porch stories.

  10. Mary Thompson

    Mary and Family,

    Dick was such a treasure! I have many fond memories of Dick from the Boy Scout camp and the Holmen Rod and Gun Club. I am sorry for your loss.

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