In Memory

Richard G. Levis

Richard G. Levis died on April 24, 2022.  He died as peacefully as he had lived his life after a long struggle with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare dementia.  He was born in Kenosha to Elso and Calentina Levis on November 20, 1946.

He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History and a master's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin.  "Mr. Levis" loved his job as a ninth-grade social studies teacher at Washington Junior High and then a teacher at Bradford Senior High.

On June 12, 1971, Rich married Diane R. Christie. Rich is survived by his wife and their daughter, Maureen Levis, and his sister Mary (Jack) Plovanich. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eileen Paquin.    

Rich was a master of the art of respectfully discussing politics with people of diverse opinions.  He served on the Board of Review for the City of Kenosha for many years.  In 2017, he was commended by the mayor of Kenosha for his 36 years as a citizen member of the City of Kenosha Board of Canvassers.

A visitation will be held at the Piasecki Funeral Home, 3720-39 Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144, on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m..  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii Catholic Church, 2224-45 Street , Kenosha, WI on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  Internment will be private.

Memorials in Rich's name may be made to KAF-ASI, ADRC (dementia services or the loan closet, and SPARK!, or Programming at the Racine Art Museum's Wustum Museum.

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05/02/22 01:34 PM #1    

Wanda R. Burch (Hillmer)

Rich and I grew up on the same block of 25th Avenue but, back then he went by Butch.  I remember how all us kids (including Dale Henry, Darlene Bohme, Barb Serpe, Lillian Lecce, Angie Principe, Billy Knudsen) would make "trains" of our tricycles and wagons by tieing them together with clothesline rope.  We would also take our sleds, in the winter, throw them over the fence of the Municiple Golf course (just a block down the street), squeeze thru the gate and go sleding down the hill there.  Rich was a sweet, fun kid and I know he will be missed by his family and friends.  Rest in peace Butch.

05/05/22 04:08 PM #2    

Marsha K. Kellman (Klevickis)

Rich was in my elementary school class at Holy Rosary school throughout our attendance, one of the students who, like me, entered into the Kenosha public school system after 8th grade (as opposed to the fairly new St. Joseph's HS).  He was one of those very decent people who never touted his abilities or his opinions and was well-liked by everyone there.  If only there there were more like him to contribute to our current social milieu! His genial personality and balanced conversational abilities will be missed by those who knew him.  The lack of his ability to continue to contribute to the larger society is a loss to everyone.

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