Richard L. Dobson, 84, of Burlington, passed away on Sunday July 18, 2021 at Waterford Senior Living with his loving family by his side.

Richard was born at Burlington Memorial Hospital on June 13, 1937, the son of Walter and Gertrude (née Park) Dobson. He spent his youth in Honey Creek and graduated from Racine County School of Agriculture. He served in the National Guard from 1954 to 1962. On April 6, 1968, at Cross Lutheran Church in Burlington, he married Judith (née Johnson) Hefty. After marriage, they continued to reside in Burlington for 53 years. Judith predeceased him in death on June 7, 2020.

Richard worked as a foreman for Payne and Dolan for over 50 years. He was known as “Dobby” by his working family and was respected by all for his dedication to the job. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Lake Geneva.

Richard was a devoted husband and father. He was a calm man but when he spoke he either made you laugh or taught you something. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with them at Three Lakes. He also enjoyed spending time in his workshop working with wood, fixing anything that needed fixing, or finding a better way to do everything. He was happier when he was busy.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Julie (Eric) Kreuscher; step-sons Todd (Debbie) Hefty and Thomas (Pam) Hefty; grandchildren, Aaron (Samantha) Kreuscher, Maegan Kreuscher, Jacob Kreuscher, Donald (Niki) Hefty, Emily (Joel) Daniels, Rachel (Jason) Richmond and Jesse (Katie) Hefty; great-grandchildren, Henley and Walter Hefty, Mara Daniels, Evan and Abbey Richmond and Everleigh Hefty; as well as sister-in-law Donna Mather, brothers-in-law Robert Mather and James Johnson, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Judith; parents, Walter and Gertrude Dobson and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Tucker and Betty Johnson.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Waterford Memory Care, especially Ginger, Julie, Michelle and Hailey for their care and compassion during this time.

Services will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lac Léman, on Saturday July 31 at 3 p.m. The family invites you to a church meal after the service.

Memories can be made at the Alzheimer’s Association, Honey Creek Baptist Church, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, or the Harmony Club.

The Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home is at the service of the family. Supporters can visit

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