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Richard C. Sobotta

Richard C. Sobotta

July 30, 2018

Richard “Rich” Clarence Sobotta, 80, of Eleva, Wisconsin, died at his home on July 30, 2018, surrounded by family. Richard was born August 23, 1937, in Arcadia to August and Helen (Pyka) Sobotta and graduated from Arcadia High School with the class of 1955. He married Joyce Boberg on August 26, 1961, in Arcadia. Together they raised three children.

Rich served 8 years in the National Guard Red Arrow 32nd Division with active duty in 1961-1962 at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was a machinist at Uniroyal for 27 years, until the plant closed in 1992. He loved fishing and camping with the family and also built a maple syrup cooker and raised honey bees in his pastime. He enjoyed playing old country songs on his Gibson guitars, learned to play button accordion and loved to dance to old-time music. After retirement he created   unique projects from wood and metal; building model engines proved to be his favorite. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.    


Rich is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Sandy (Joel) Roswell of Eleva, Cheryl (Gerald) Spitzer of Saint Charles, MN; one son, Michael (Phunyanuch) Sobotta of Eden Prairie, MN; eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren; one brother, Aaron; two sisters, Elaine (Greg) Repinski, and Doris (Galen) Mueller all of Arcadia. He was preceded in death by his parents.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018, 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Area Historical Society (formally Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church) in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Memorials may be directed to Arcadia Area Historical Society.


Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Altoona is serving the family.


Held Friday, August 17, 2018, 2:30- 5:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Area Historical Society in Arcadia, WI.

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  • Charlie Kramer I worked with Dick in the machine shop at Uniroyal. He was such a good guy to work with, always with a smile and helpful in so many ways as he quietly went about his work. So sorry to hear of his passing.

    August 10 at 6:49am

  • Linda Osmond Joyce and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure Richard will be missed but his memories will live on in your hearts and minds. You are in my prayers.

    May God bring you peace and comfort. With love and sympathy,

    Linda Osmond

    August 6 at 12:01am

  • Patricia A Chittendon Joyce and Family, My prayers and thoughts are with you today and always as you gather to celebrate the live of your beloved Richard. Joyce, the FB posting of the two of you dancing is a treasure. Blessings Dear Lady.

    August 4 at 12:02pm

  • Diane Lisowski Joyce and Family My thoughts are with you at this sad time may the caring of others help to comfort you keeping you in my prayers


    August 4 at 7:53AM

  • Gigi Stafne Joyce and Family,

    Sending you much healing and love from afar.
    Thinking of you.

    Gigi and everyone at the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine

    August 2 at 3:11PM

  • Kristine Vaughn Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Holding you in prayer.

    August 2 at 10:02AM

  • Nancy Tri So sorry for your loss Cheryl my prayers are for you and your family.

    August 2 at 5:48AM

  • Sandy Meyer Love, Light, Peace and Healing Energy for you and all of your family.

    August 1 at 10:54PM

  • Carol Rudd Joyce and family,

    So sorry to here of Rich's passing. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    August 1 at 9:28PM

  • Beverly A Rojas My sincerest condolences to Richard's large family. One of the sweetest cousins I had.

    August 1 at 8:09PM

  • Rosemary Tuite (Jim) Joyce and family, you are in out thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss, may God Bless you. My memories of Jim were of a gentleman with a lot of heart and a great deal of strength! Our sympathy! Rosemary and Jim Tuite

    August 1 at 7:16PM

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