THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dr. Richard Milo Haley
Dr. Richard Milo Haley "Doc", 93, of Racine, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
Born Feb. 19, 1924 in Tipler, the only child of Leo Willard and Anna Carolyn (Jeranek) Haley, they lived in the Wausaukee area and when he was a senior in high school they moved to Zion, Ill. He attended Waubeno High School where he played basketball and graduated from Zion High School in Zion, Ill.
He attended Marquette University on a basketball scholarship and while there he was drafted into the United States Navy and later transferred into the Marines. He was stationed at San Pedro Naval Base and worked in the dental core. He returned to Marquette and graduated as a dentist in 1952 and practiced in Racine for over 32 years.
Known as "happy Doc", he was innovative, fun-loving, generous, cheerful, positive, always had something nice to say about everyone and made a big impact on many people's lives.
In 1953, he married Shirley Ann Kieson and she preceded him in death on July 26, 2011. They were together for over 59 years and had four children.
He enjoyed dentistry, playing the accordion, hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, serving in the Lutheran Church and being with family. He devoted many hours serving on the boards of the Wisconsin Dental Society, Marquette Dental Board, Racine Dental Society, Racine Zoological Society, Lutheran High School and Pan Yack Park. He also coached youth basketball at the YMCA for many years and helped organizations, including Southern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Serve Haiti Dental Mission Team and Prison Fellowship Ministries.
He is survived by three children, Patrick Lee (Linda Steiner), Timothy Brian and Bridgete Ann (Bryan Clark) and three grandchildren.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Joseph in 1969.
A Private Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the family Cemetery in Athelstane. Donations can be made to the Racine Zoological Society or cards can be sent to P.O. Box 180, Kansasville, WI 53139. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.