Richard Dwight Stahmann, 80, of Winona, died unexpectedly Friday, December 7, 2018 at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse. Richard was born on April 30, 1938 in Winona to Dwight and Mabel (Hoppe) Stahmann. He grew up around Winona, hunting and fishing around the lakes and even built his own fishing boat. He attended Winona Senior High School and graduated in 1956. At 16, he started working in construction for his Dad, who taught him the brick mason trade. He continued as a brick mason and was part of the Brick Masons' Union for 50 years. In December of 1959, Richard met the love of his life, Patricia Langowski, and in August of 1960, the two were married at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona. In 1961, Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army as a medic, where he served two years. Around this time, Richard and Patricia welcomed their first child, Jackie, followed by Linda and Richard Jr. He enjoyed bowling and won the Minnesota State All Events Championship in 1970. In his work, he built many buildings around Winona and also helped build the Winona Middle School, which stands on the old Langowski family farm site. He was proud to say he was the last one to work on the family farm. He loved spending time with his family and friends through the years at weekly pool parties or at the Midway Motor Lodge in the winter.
Richard is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Patricia; children, Jacqueline (Mike) Lafky, Linda (David) Fletcher, Richard (Jacqueline) Stahmann-Boehm; grandchildren, Roni and Tori Lafky, Jack and Kelly Fletcher, Cory, Kathryn and Sophia Stahmann; great-granddaughter, Hayden Fletcher; sisters, Janet (Robert) Wieczorek and Sharon Durham. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Eugene, Shirley Rooney, and Geraldine McLaughlin.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, December 11 with visitation starting at 1 p.m. at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Please leave a memory of Richard at hofffuneral.com
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What fond memories we share growing up together as the Gilmore Valley kids. I am sending hugs and prayers for comfort. May your father rest in peace. Terri Osborne Johnson
Jackie, I just saw this and am so very sorry for you loss. My heart just breaks for you. Please always remember the special bond that a father and daughter share. He will always be with you. Find comfort in all your beautiful memories. Hugs, Joni
Jackie, Mike, and the girls- So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family during this difficult period of loss. Nita
We are very sorry for your loss and express our sincerest sympathy. Kindly, Ryan and Trisha Molloy (Linda's employee)
Please accept our sincere condolences to the family of Richard. Dick and Ada Hengel
George and I have wonderful memories of our times with Rich and patty. We are so sorry to learn of the loss of a good person. joan Chick
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