John M. Richgels

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MIDDLETON–John M. Richgels, 72, of Middleton, passed away at home on July 21, 2022.

He was born on September 30, 1949, in Highland, the son of Highland natives Melvin J. Richgels and his wife Leora Ann (Drager) Richgels, who were married on July 19, 1947 in Highland.

The family later relocated to Cross Plains and were members of Saint Xavier Catholic Church in Cross Plains. John graduated from Middleton High School in 1967.

He married Beaver Dam native Linda Jo Skyler on June 13, 1995 in Rockford, IL. Later, he was employed as a machinist at Springs Window Fashions in Middleton for many years, followed by working as a delivery driver for Eannelli Pharmacy of Prairie du Sac.

He enjoyed fly fishing and tying flies, as well as travelling throughout Wisconsin, visiting new towns and local points of interest. He was always interested in trying new foods and recipes.

John was a strong and steady presence, was quick with a smile, and had a terrific sense of humor. He believed in learning from his mistakes and was nonjudgmental and encouraging. John was very active in his recovery community, where he led by example and helped countless people find happiness and health. He had a large group of friends, always remembering their birthdays and anniversaries.

He is survived by his son Travis; his sisters Leone Richgels, Jane Richgels, Betty Duesterhoeft, Donna Fox, and Kathy Fitzsimmons; his brothers, Jim (and Janine) and Ken; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda (Aug. 12, 2004), his parents, Melvin (Jan. 23, 1978) and Leora (May 19, 2016); his brothers, Robert W. Richgels (April 20, 2010); and David Joseph Richgels (Nov. 4, 2008), a sister Mary S. Saenz (Sept. 6, 2020), as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Aelred and Adeline Baszynski.

John is greatly missed. We were blessed to have him in our lives. There was a private funeral ceremony that was held this summer. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Ave., Madison, served the family.

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