Richard Alan Whitcomb

Memorial Service

2 PM - 3 PM
Saturday September 16, 2023
First Presbyterian Church
1901 Vine St
Hudson WI, 54016

Tailgate Sendoff

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Settlement Hill Farm
565 County Rd U
Hudson WI, 54016

Richard Alan “Dick” Whitcomb, 84

Richard Alan Whitcomb passed away peacefully at home September 7, surrounded by his family, due to the long-term effects of dementia and heart disease.

Dick was born in Sterling, Colorado on March 30, 1939, the son of Thayne C. and Faye E. (Olson) Whitcomb. His early years were spent in eastern Colorado & western Nebraska.  He showed signs of leadership early in his life by becoming an Eagle Scout and playing quarterback on his High School team in Columbus, Nebraska.

After graduating he attended the University of Nebraska and served in the Navy Reserves. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and then earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources.

Along the way he met Georgia Ann Newman, a woman of similar stature, in an elevator.  Knowing what he wanted, he soon proposed and they were married on December 29, 1962 in her hometown of Imperial, Nebraska.

Their union was blessed with three children:  Lane, Lisa and Joan. As a family they lived in Nebraska, Minnesota, California, South Dakota and finally settled in Hudson, Wisconsin in 1981.

Dick held various positions in the Human Resources field for Hy-Gain Electronics, Control Data Corporation and Jerome Foods before retiring in 1996.  He was an active community leader and served on numerous boards and committees including Youth Action Hudson, Hudson Community Fund, Adoray Home Health and Hospice, The Phipps Center for the Arts, and Hudson Chamber of Commerce.  He was a long-time member of the Hudson Rotary Club and also volunteered with the Food Shelf and the Hudson Backpack and Food Program. He was a devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church.

He was a life-long sports enthusiast. As testament of his devotion to all University of Nebraska Cornhusker sports, he was almost always seen sporting his Husker Red. He made many trips to Lincoln Nebraska to watch Husker teams in action. He and Georgia held senior passes to Hudson High School activities and seldom missed a sporting event, male or female, even decades after his kids had graduated.  He also loved to run and play golf.

He is survived by Georgia, his wife of 60 years: son Lane of Hudson; and daughters Lisa (Scott) Denny of Hudson and Joanie (JJ) Rumpeltes of Sun Valley, Idaho; brother Gerald (Maryanne) Whitcomb of Sun Valley, Idaho and grandchildren Kate (Alex Berezansky), Jason and Kristin Denny, Bennett Whitcomb, Jack and Haven Rumpeltes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thayne and Faye Whitcomb and half-sister Mary Ann Johnson.

Memorials in lieu of flowers can be contributed to First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, Hudson Backpack and Food Program and Hudson Area Public Library.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine Street, Hudson, WI 54016. The service will be livestreamed HERE. In lieu of a visitation, all are invited to join the family for a Tailgate Sendoff for Dick during the Husker game Saturday evening from 5:30-8:30at Settlement Hill Farm, 565 County Road U, Hudson. Casual dress and don’t forget to wear your Go Big RED


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  1. I thought of him today and suspected what I’d find if I looked. I hope the family will read this. Dick was my boss at Hy-Gain, and after he went to Control Data he called me. It was a pud job, but it got me in the door. I went on to the best job I ever had. He was one of my favorite people. I am 6’2″ and he once gave me a Christmas card that read, to Shirley, someone I’ve always looked up to. I thought the world of him. I I a m so sad he finished with dimentia. I’m in Georgia now.

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