Richard L. Julian Issue Date: April 19, 2018
Richard L. Julian, 91, of Marinette, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, surrounded by his wife and family.
Born Dec. 14, 1926 in Iron Mountain, Mi., to the late Russell and Irene (Champagne) Julian, he attended Kingsford Area Schools until serving in the United States Navy on the USS Fillmore during the Japanese Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1946. A proud World War II veteran, he remained in the Navy Reserves for two more years.
He married Sharon Kolberg on Jan. 10, 1953 and they shared 65 adventurous years together and was a member of the Lutheran faith.
He served as Sergeant at Arms for the American Legion Post 15 in Palmer, Ak., worked construction in Michigan and Alaska and was a member of the Construction and General Laborers Union Local 1329 and Local 341 in Anchorage, Ak.
After retiring in 1992, they lived in Marinette and traveled to Alaska yearly, doing what he loved most, spending time with family and going on many hunting and fishing trips around the state.
Known to his family and friends as "Uncle Benny", he put others first, was humble, loyal, devoted, gentle, kind, generous and a hard working man who helped anyone in need.
He will be remembered for making those he met happier with his sense of humor and his positive presence will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; three daughters, Janice (Terry) Baken of Anchorage, Ak., Sue (Lance) Dilley of Wasilla, Ak. and Mary (Bruce) Tippett of Marinette; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe (Carol) McElroy, Wayne (Barb) Kolberg, Marge LeMay, Roy Maus, Romaine Seefeldt, Lois (Andy) Hanson and Karen (Bob) Palzewicz and many nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell, Wayne and Dean and a sister, Alice Manci.
Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Saturday, April 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with funeral services at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Craig Mansur will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Terry Baken, Travis and Taylor Tippett. Pallbearers will be Harvey Kolberg, Mike Julian, Brandon Hasse, John Kurtz and Nick Vanpool.
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