Richard J. Vlasin
Feb. 4, 1929 – Oct. 24, 2019
Richard John Vlasin, 90, of rural Pleasant Dale died Oct. 24, 2019, at Tabitha in Crete. He was born on a farm near Wallace on Feb. 4, 1929, to John and Mary (Tabor) Vlasin. He was the seventh child and oldest son of the family’s nine children. Richard’s family relocated to Crete in 1931 after his father retired from farming. He graduated from St. James Catholic School and continued at Crete High School, graduating in 1947. As a young man, he took voice lessons at Doane College and was known to have a beautiful bass voice. He also played football and excelled in agricultural classes; a particular point of pride was his service as president of the Crete FFA chapter.
Richard farmed and ranched north of Crete for all of his adult life. In 1950, he married Genevieve (Stolz) Vlasin and they raised their four children on the farm. Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed raising cattle and attending farm and cattle auctions. He was adamant that quality education was the key to a successful life and, in his later years, indulged his passion for reading the paper, periodicals and anything else that could help him learn. Most of all, he loved his family—children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews—and had a wide circle of friends and neighbors. He always had a smile and a joke or funny quip to share. He also was a firm believer in the motto “if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.”
Two days of the week were of great importance to him: Mondays, which he called “his bohemian holiday,” and Thursdays, when Dan Strehle, a dear, longtime family friend, would join him to work on projects and share a hearty lunch and laughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his five sisters, one brother and his wife, Genevieve.
He is survived by his children, Thomas (Mary) of Kansasville, Wisconsin, Gerald (Barbara) of Crete, Susan (Russell) Fritz of Crete and Julie (John) Kastanek of Wilber; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Cecava of Wallace; brother, Raymond Vlasin of East Lansing, Michigan; sister-in-law, Bernadette Vlasin; and brother-in-law, Robert Welch.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 28, 2019, at Sacred Heart Church in Crete. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kunclfh.com.