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Richard Carl “Luigi” Masino March 23, 1929-January 27, 2024

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Richard Carl “Luigi” Masino peacefully passed away on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, WI. 

He was Born on March 23, 1929, in Madison, WI, the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Matranga) Maisino. 

Luigi grew up in Madison and attended Central High School.  He later enlisted, and proudly served, in the United States Navy and was a Korean War veteran. 

He married Beverly Kolter on June 5, 1954, in Madison. Together he and Beverly lived in Madison until relocating to Prairie du Chien for work. It was there they raised their two daughters. He first worked at National Decorated Metals in Prairie du Chien before working at Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI.  He then was a janitor for 3M Company for many years until his retirement. 

Richard loved to dance and listen to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others from that era.   He always did the dishes after every meal - and there was a certain way to do them.  It was the same for maintaining the lawn.  He was very meticulous and passed that trait on to others in the family. Richard loved to watch old war movies and drawing – everyone always remembers cartoon drawings with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck - and doing magic tricks for all the grandchildren and great grandchildren until they were well in their twenties and maybe even thirties. 

After his retirement, he spent many hours at McDonald’s with his coffee clutch, riding his bike, and walking all over town. Richard enjoyed a good hamburger and chocolate shake while watching the Packers up until the last week or so of his life. 

He is survived by his wife Beverly of Prairie du Chien, 2 daughters Rhonda Kramer of Fall Creek, WI and Terri (Steven) Achenbach, of Eastman, WI; grandchildren Angela Achenbach, Jenni Achenbach, Adam (Darci) Achenbach, Matthew Achenbach, Meagan (Josh) Gokey, Kevin (Jordyn) Olson, and Chelsea (Woody) Woodford; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Joseph Jr. and Sam Masino; and 2 sisters Jennie Haagensen and Mary Parisi.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel in Prairie du Chien. Military honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard immediately following the visitation. www.garrityfuneralhome.com.

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