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Richard "Rabbit" Thomas Dahms
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Richard "Rabbit" Thomas Dahms, 62 of Forestville, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on January 2, 2018.
Richard was born October 7, 1955 to the late Appolonia (suidzinski) and Milton Dahms in Algoma, Wisconsin. He was a lifetime resident in the village of Forestville.  He was a graduate of Southern Door High school.
Richard met Joan Beckmann and they were married on January 8th, 1977. Together they shared 40 years of marriage, and had 3 children.
Richard began his working career at Lamperts and then on to Bayship and Bissen Asphalt.  It was when he began working for Stoller he found his niche for operating heavy equipment.  He continued with several other construction companies; Boulanger Construction, Gersek Excavating, and until his retirement in 2014, Ostrenga Excavating.  Richard was a proud Union member of Operating Engineers Local 139.
In his early years, Richard enjoyed participating in Softball and Dartball leagues as well as playing cards with friends.   He also enjoyed Fishing and hunting especially bird hunting with his K9 companions; Buddy and Butch.  Richard loved watching a good baseball game from the Door County League games every Sunday in the summer where his son, Doug and Son-in-law, Travis participated in.  As his family grew, he loved to have his children and grandchildren around to have campfires in the summer too cook side pork.  Every winter he looked forward to his trip to Mexico with his wife and friends.
Richard will be terribly missed by his Wife; Joan (Beckmann) Dahms, his children; Doug (Chelsea) Dahms, Sara (Travis) LeRoy, and Jill (Matt) Austad,  his many grandchildren; Dezaray, Ollie, Jonah, Hoyt, Mila, Brynlee, Royce, Taya, and Truman, siblings; Sharon (Lindy) DeNamur, John Dahms, and Frank (Debbie) Dahms, and all of his cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Robert.  
Family and friends may gather at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Maplewood, Sat. Jan 6, 2018 from 9 AM until the Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.
Family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Jaslowski and Richard, Green Bay Oncology Team at the Door County Cancer Center and Unity Hospice.   
The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.
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