Richard “Dick” Traxler
Stoughton- Richard “Dick” Traxler went to eternal rest on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Dick was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin on October 14, 1938 to Claude and Linnie (Meracle) Traxler.
After graduating from Whitewater High School in 1956, he enlisted for four years in the United States Air Force. In 1957 Dick married Alberta (Bert) Sudbrink and the first of three daughters, Victoria Traxler (Tom) Radloff, was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1960. Marcia Traxler (Troy) Freemyer and Angela Traxler (Marty) Zwettler were born four and eight years later in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
After the Air Force, Dick worked in his father’s business, “Traxler Feed Service” for 2 years before fulfilling his long-time ambition of ‘over the road’ trucking in 1962. He drove as an ‘owner-operator’ truck driver and retired after 42 years. Thirty-eight of his years were with Diamond Transportation System, Inc., Racine, WI where he delivered farm and industrial equipment from manufacturers in the Midwest to dealers and distributors throughout the US and Canada.
In addition to his wife, daughters and son-in-laws, Dick is survived by five grandsons, Richie (Bethany) and Tony (Lindsay) Radloff; Spencer, Skylar and Baxter Beckwith; one granddaughter, Lizzie (Kolton Urso) Radloff and step-granddaughter, Natalie Freemyer. He is also survived by great-grandson, Traxler Thomas Radloff, with two more great-grandchildren to be arriving in the near future. Dick’s surviving siblings include Shirley Cooley, Fort Atkinson and Howard (Robin) Traxler, Milwaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert; sister Darlene; granddaughter Bailey Beckwith and brothers-in-law, Edwin Draeger, Dwight Cooley and John Lucht.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Hope Lutheran Church with Rev. Beth Schultz Byrnes officiating. Military honors will follow. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon, immediately following, in the church fellowship hall. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of services Tuesday at church.
A special thank you to the wonderful staff of Agrace and Skaalen for their care and compassion.