Richard Patek, age 94, a longtime resident of Eagle River, Wis., died Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 24, 1926, to Frank and Isabel Patek. 

Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Bergen, cargo transport.

He grew up in Chicago and loved motorcycles and cars.

He worked for Reynolds Aluminum and bought his first home in La Grange, Ill.

Richard married his high school sweetheart, Dolores.  They had two daughters, Debra and Carol, and a few years later Dolores passed away. He was remarried to Beverly, who had a son, Rick, and together they had a daughter, Vicky.  

Retiring from Reynolds, he built his dream home on Butternut Lake in Eagle River.

Richard and Beverly liked to travel and they would fly to Vegas and drive to Branson.

He loved country music and enjoyed fishing and ice fishing, throwing horseshoes, canoeing, the outdoors, chopping wood, poker and canasta as well as riding bicycles.

There were always cats and dogs in their home. He worked hard at his crossword and jigsaw puzzles at every opportunity.

When Up North climate became a hardship, he and Beverly moved to Las Vegas, but returned eight years later. Richard felt lucky to have two homes in Eagle River, as this was always his “fishing” dream!

Five years after Beverly’s passing, beating the COVID odds, he peacefully and naturally passed at 94 years of age.  

Richard is survived by his children, Debra Patek, Carol (Michael Apelian) Patek, Vicky (Jesse) Slizewski, and Rick Lee Patek; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Dolores and Beverly; and parents, Frank and Isabel.  

Private family services were held. 

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at