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Richard Thauer

1900 - 1977


Richard C. Thauer, 77, well-known Watertown attorney, died October 12, 1977, at Watertown Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack. He resided at 214 South Washington Street.


Funeral services were held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Robert Tully officiating. Burial was in St. Henry's Cemetery.


Thauer was born May 5, 1900, in Watertown, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Thauer. He was a lifelong Watertown resident. On Dec. 28, 1934, he married the former Virginia Drew in Chicago, IL. She preceded him in death Nov. 9, 1960. He married the former Irene Molzahn on Aug. 4, 1962 at St. Henry's Catholic Church.


Thauer was a graduate of Watertown High School and the University of Wisconsin where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1922, master of arts degree in 1923 and law degree in 1927. He attended Columbia University from 1925 to 1926. Thauer was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1927. That same year he joined the law firm of Skinner and Thauer and in February of 1977 completed 50 years as an attorney in Watertown.


He was Circuit Court Commissioner from 1939 until the time of his death, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge, American Legion, Jefferson County Bar Association and the Watertown Country Club.


Surviving are his wife, one sister, Mrs. Wayne (Marion) Brown of Madison, nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was preceded in death by one brother; Wallace Thauer.