Richard “Richie” Foecking

Richard “Richie” Foecking

William Richard “Richie” Foecking, 92, of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. A funeral mass will be 11 AM, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena, where friends may call after 9 AM until time of the mass. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post # 193. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He was born November 11, 1927, in Galena the son of W.B. and Margaret (Grady) Foecking. Richie graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1945. He served in the United States Navy beginning in 1946 on the Control Submarine Chaser PCSC-1403 until his honorable discharge in 1948. Richie was united in marriage to Viola Ann Cogan on October 27, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death on October 2, 2000. He then married Marie M. Berning-Busch on December 27, 2002, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death on May 23, 2019. Before and after the Navy, Richie worked for his father at W.B. Foecking and Sons coal, draying, and ice. He then partnered with his brother David to buy the business, which grew to include Foecking’s Texaco, fuel oil, moving and storage, Main Street buildings, apartments and more. Richie spent a lot of time on the river and enjoyed boating, fishing, especially ice fishing with the airboat, duck hunting, and water skiing. He was an original member of Galena Hydro’s Boat Club. He also enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants. He and Viola enjoyed traveling to interesting destinations, with and without the family. Also, after he retired, they took up golf and were active in the Galena Golf Club. They would go south to golf for the winter. Richie was proud to serve with the Galena Fire Department for most of his life. He was also a 50 plus year member of Galena Elks Lodge #882. Richie portrayed U.S. Grant in the original Galena Generals, performing in the 1961 Galena Civil War Centennial Pageant and traveling the country. Richie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was an avid Cubs fan and was excited to see them win the World Series in his lifetime and also enjoyed going to Galena Pirate football games. He is survived by his two sons, Lee (Lynn) Foecking of Highland Beach, FL and Kirk Foecking of Galena;  three daughters, Lynn (Tim) Sproule of Rockford, IL,  Kristine (Pat) McCarthy of Galena and Ann Abraham of Loves Park, IL; six grandsons, Richard (Karen) Leland of Boca Raton, FL,  Andy (Sara) Bower of  Danville, IL, Adam (Colleen) Sproule of Haymarket, VA, Andy (Crystal) Sproule of Springfield, VA, Scott (Kassie) McCarthy of Benton, WI and Bradley Abraham of Duson, LA; four granddaughters, Andrea (Eric Parr) Watson of  Williams Bay, WI,  Kym Werner of Galena, Kristy (Greg) Sheetz of Gurnee, IL and  Danielle Abraham of Manhattan, NY, twenty-three great-grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, Richard (Betty) Cogan and Leo Hillard. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Billie Hillard and Peggy Klawitter, a brother, David Foecking, and a sister-in-law, Joanne Foecking. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Galena Fire Department.

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