Richard P. Podrez, 66, of Havre, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, at his residence due to complications from diabetes.
Cremation has taken place, and graveside services will be held in Butternut, Wis ., at a later date. The family has requested that memorials be made in Richard’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements, and you can leave your memories and/or condolences online at http://www.hollandbonine.com.
Richard was born on Jan. 19, 1947, to Leon and Mildred (Frankiewicz) Podrez in Park Falls, Wis. He was raised in Butternut, graduating from high school there. In 1972 he married Catherine Kilger, and the couple’s union was blessed with three children. The couple later divorced. Richard worked as a self-employed logger in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Idaho. In June 2000, he married Caroline Wattam in St. Anthony, Idaho, and the couple made their home in Havre. They, too, later divorced, but their affection for each other remained, and Caroline cared for Richard the last two years until his death.
Richard enjoyed fishing, collecting military paraphernalia, gardening, watching the History Channel, and visiting with friends and his brother David. He also loved gardening, especially poppies and sunflowers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Mildred Podrez.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Jim) Beining of Wis .; his sons, Mark (Laurie) Podrez and Richard (Renee) Podrez, all of Wis ., and Jermiah Bodensteiner of Oregon; his seven grandchildren; his brother, David Podrez of Minnesota; his sisters, Phyllis (Ron) Presl and Carol (Jon) Moellendorf, all of Wisconsin, and Sally (Ken) Kranik of Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.