THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard A. Walli
Issue Date: December 15, 2011
Richard Allen Walli, 80, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Born June 6, 1931 to Marian and Henry Walli in Faithhorn, Mi., he graduated from Stephenson High School in 1949.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1955. He worked at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California and was a B-36 airplane mechanic during his time in service. He joined and completed the Air Force with his cousin, Bernard Walli, who was a close lifelong friend. There was a bad forest fire between Edwards and Los Angeles and he was assigned to help fight it.
He worked at Ford Motor Plant in Dearborn, Mi. and in later years settled in Stephenson, Mi. where he worked on a farm and also raised veal calves. He toured Europe and many interesting places in the United States with his nephew, Erik Toepke. Above all else, he loved God and even in his final days never forgot to say prayers before meals.
Survivors include six sisters and five brothers, Sister Kathleen Walli of Powers, Mi., Yvonne Bochenek of Carpentersville, Ill., Sheila Glodowski of Eau Claire, Maribeth (John) Czerwonka of Wittenberg, Suzanne (Charles) Condon of Adrian, Mi., Joy Brock (William K, Toepke) of Menominee, Charles (Doris) of Marengo, Ill., Henry (Lynne) of Schaumburg, Ill., Douglas of Faithhorn, Mi., Lance of Brookfield and Michael of Duluth, Minn. and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dennis and Lawrence; two nieces, Joan Czerwonka and Susan Glodowski and two sisters-in-law, Donna Walli and Christa Walli.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Mi. after 4 p.m., with military rites at 6:45 p.m., followed by a parish prayer service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at Precious Blood Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Fr. Corey Litzner will officiate and burial will follow at Faithhorn Township Cemetery at 2 p.m.