Richard “Dick” Zeratsky, age 85, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2018. He was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on February 19, 1933, to the late Wesley and Mary (Hemer) Zeratsky. After graduating from high school, Dick went on to proudly serve in the United States Army for two years. On March 9, 1962, he married Edythe “Edie” Hempel in Chilton, Wisconsin. He then worked for the Airlines for many years before his retirement. Dick loved baseball and coached for the St. Norbert College Baseball team. He was especially proud to be an original member of the Green Bay Blue Ribbons. Dick never missed a day when he could be at the ballpark. Once his boys were all old enough to join him, Dick was more than happy to get them out there and teach them the game. Nothing made him more proud than watching his boys succeed at the game he loved. Dick looked forward to his trip every year to the U.P. to deer hunt with his friends and family.
Dick will be missed by his wife, Edie; sons, Rod (Laura) Zeratsky, of Nashville, GA, Mark (Wendy) Zeratsky, of Howard, WI, and Dan (Debbie) Zeratsky, of Appleton, WI; grandchildren, Jenna, Nicole (Shane Mulligan), Lauren, Hannah, Paige, and Adam Zeratsky; sister, Doris Fritz; sister-in-law, Nancy Zeratsky; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Waldemar and Arlene Hempel; brothers, Bob Zeratsky and Tom Zeratsky; sister-in-law, Gen Forst; brothers-in-law, Ron Fritz and Greg Hempel; and nephews, Tim Zeratsky and Gary Brukardt.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1731 St. Agnes Dr., from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Dick’s life will be honored in a funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m. at church with the Rev. Scott Malme officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
Dick’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses of the Bellin Health community, Unity Hospice, ManorCare East, the VA, Ashwaubenon Rescue, and Pastor Scott Malme for all of their care, compassion, and support through this difficult time.