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Richard L. Calvetti Sr.

RHINELANDER, Wis. - Richard L. Calvetti Sr., 96, of Rhinelander, a long-time former resident of Hurley, passed away on June 30, 2024, in Rhinelander, after spending two months in hospice. Richard was the son of George A. Calvetti and Cora A. (Davia) Calvetti.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Richard worked for the National Register Company in Chicago, Illinois, for a short period of time before returning to Hurley and marrying Kathleen June Langsford. They were married for 72 years and together they raised four children.

Richard was an extrovert and enjoyed talking with people, which paved the way to spending most of his working years in sales and distribution after his marriage. He started a small business selling and delivering Dr. Pepper and eventually was employed in sales and distribution, working for Walter Meyers Sausage Company of Ironwood, Michigan, and Hurley.

In addition to his regular jobs, Richard enlisted in the Army National Guard for six years from September 1949 to September of 1952, and reenlisted from September of 1952 to Sept. 18, 1955, when he was honorably discharged.

Richard enjoyed singing in his church choir, serving on several church committees and playing his accordion, especially for family during holidays. Richard also enjoyed bowling and bowled in two leagues for many years. Until his death, he was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed many years of woodworking, 3-D woodcarving and painting. He also looked forward to watching sports on television, especially the Green Bay Packers, seldom missing a game, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Richard is survived by his four children, Richard Jr. (Gwyneth), Cheryl (Robert) Gilmeister, James (Catherine) and Roberta (Dino) Bordini; a sister, Irene Rautio; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; parents; and a brother, Eugene.

The visitation for Richard will take place on Monday, July 15, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 204 4th Ave. S., Hurley, from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. memorial service. Rev. Dr. Ardyth Kovacevich Johnson will officiate.

Following the service, there will be a procession to the Hurley City Cemetery for the committal service and where military honors will take place.

We would like to thank Dr. Khrystyne Lindgen, Aspirus Hospital and Hospice, along with Rennes Health and Rehab Center, for all the kindness, support and care given to our father.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home and Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

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