Richard H. Shilts, 94 of Stanley, passed away peacefully at home
on Saturday, February 23, 2019. He was born on October 20, 1924
in Boyd to the late Richard and Matilda (Flynn) Shilts. Dick grew up
in the Stanley area where he attended the Stanley School District
and was later drafted into the US Army.
PVT Richard “Sonny” Shilts was inducted in June of 1943. He
received basic training at Camp Walters, TX and Fort Benning, GA.
Overseas he participated in the Normandy invasion and served with
his unit in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was an
infantryman in the First Army, 9th Division. Dick suffered from
wounds three times, the last time on March 10, 1945 when his unit
was nine miles north of the Rhine. His left arm was wounded by
shrapnel. Pvt. Shilts was awarded a Presidential Citation, the
Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Bronze Star for his
service in the European theater. He was the longest living member
of the Wisconsin American Legion
After being discharged he returned home and married the love of
his life, Beatrice Bratz on May 29, 1948. They were a perfect match-
and their love story lasted over 67 years! Richard always put his
family before himself and was the most loving and supportive
husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Dick worked for the Stanley-Boyd School District driving bus and
also as a janitor for many years. He truly enjoyed his work,
especially his interaction with the students. Dick was a diehard
Packers/Brewers fan and was not shy to share his political opinion
with anyone willing to listen.
He is survived by his children, Richard (Karen) Shilts of Stoughton,
Lee Shilts of Ormond Beach, FL, Debra (Mike) Savina and Steve
Shilts both of Stanley, 5 grandchildren, Joshua (Falyn), Jacob and
Nikolas Shilts, Matthew (Gretchen) Savina and Megan (Dennis)
LaMarche, 4 great grandchildren, Jordon, Zachary, Sydney and
Brea, his brother, Gilbert Shilts of St. Francis, WI, sisters in law,
Adeline Bratz and Ruth (Fred) Noah and brother in law, Bob
(Dorothy) Huhn and many nieces and nephews. Dick is preceded in
death by his parents, his wife Bede, a daughter in law, Margaret
Shilts, his sister, Ardetta McQuillian, and brother in law, Don Bratz.
A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Friday, March 1, 2019 at
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church-Stanley with Pastor Kenneth Schmidt
officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors in the Oakland
Cemetery-Stanley. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday at the
Plombon Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Friday at
the church. Feel free to wear your favorite Packer attire to the
visitation. Memorials are appreciated to the Stanley Historical
Society or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Stanley.