Richard Emmett Lawonn of Trego, Wisconsin, age 75, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Richard (Rich) was born in Milwaukee in 1946 to Emmett and Laurine (Steiner) Lawonn.
Rich graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School and obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 1972, he married Roberta (Bobbi) Hollinger, and in the years that followed they were blessed with two children. Rich worked as an electrical engineer and marketer for three different companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He supported his wife Bobbi in obtaining her Master's degree, which eventually brought the family to the Spooner area where Bobbi began her career with UW-Extension in Washburn County. Rich was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman and had a particular passion for duck hunting. In his years of fatherhood, Rich instilled his love for the outdoors to his kids, and they have many fond memories of hunting, camping, fishing and spending time at their cabin in central Wisconsin.
Rich was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbi, and is survived by his two children, Matthew J. Lawonn of Tillamook, Oregon, and Wendy (Steve) Miller of Waunakee, Wisconsin; three sisters-in law; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his beloved hunting dog, Sally.
He is also survived by his church family at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Spooner, to which he belonged for many years.
Funeral services will be at Beautiful Savior on Monday, July 19. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor David Warskow will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5301 Beaverbrook Avenue, Spooner, WI 54801.
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