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Deputy Richard Lee Housworth

Juneau County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Friday, March 31, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Richard Lee Housworth

Rest in peace Deputy Housworth.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2020

Miss you “Ranger Rick” car #21. I think about you alot even though I’m retired. I still think about that night and the shift we switched . I’ve kept in touch with your family throughout the years and you would be proud!

Tim Andres Detective (ret)
Juneau County Sheriff’s Dept.

March 31, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Housworth,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 31, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Housworth,
On today, the 28th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2017

That night is still like a bad dream, see your plaque every time I come through the door at the Justice Center.
Always think about you and your family.

Ret. Chief Deputy Coroner
Juneau County Coroner's Office

April 1, 2016

Hey Brother,
It's hard to believe it's been 27 years since we lost you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and think what could've been and what we missed. Rest easy my friend....Tim #24

Detective Tim Andres
Juneau County Sheriff's Office

March 31, 2016

I remember when Rick dressed up as Santa and came to my parents house to visit all the grandkids. I had a handicapped son, Patrick, who could not go out in public to visit Santa because of all the germs. Sadly he was in the hospital for Christmas that year and missed his great visit. He died at the age of 2 1/2. Rick just loved kids! His memory lives on.

Susan Weiner (Schelfhout)

March 31, 2016

I loved seeing my uncle Rick! He would always joke around and bring a smile to my face. He made me feel special when I would see him. I wish I could of had the chance to know him as an adult but I know I'll see him again. I am proud of the life he lived and the way he gave his life for others. That is a legacy that lives on.

Samantha Mirabal

March 30, 2015

You were my best friend and law enforcement brother. I think of you often with your caring heart, desire and devotion to "the job" and wonder, what might have been. I smile when I think of the good times Jill and I had with you and Rita and our great kids! I do my best to follow in your footsteps and not allow your death to be for meaningless. Rest easy my friend, I miss you.

Detective Tim Andres #24
Juneau County Sheriff's Office

September 1, 2014

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

February 25, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 1, 2012

A Hero is honored today.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 31, 2012

RIP Sir, a true hero you were.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 15, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 31, 2010



February 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 22, 2008

My brother was a very dedicated officer killed in a high speed chase. He was a wonderful father, and left 8 children (one in the womb), and his wife to carry on. Richard was loyal and trustworthy in every area of his life, qualities hard to find nowadays.

Penny Housworth

December 6, 2007

You were a great inspiration to all who knew you dad. Though I believe that you were biggest inspiration to me, your son. I chose to follow your footsteps in aiding the country and the public. I am serving my country in the Army National Guard and I am currently enrolling in college to proceed my studies in achieving my goal of one becoming a police officer. I only hope and pray that I am liveing up to your expectations of me in life itself. I hope to see you waiting for me when my time comes to leave this world as well. I LOVE YOU DAD!

Spc. Housworth, Zacharia

May 28, 2007

No greater Love has any man, then he who will willing lay down his life for another. Your time on the Earth was short, but I will see you again cousin.

Sgt. J. W. Housworth
Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office

December 12, 2006

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Juneau County Sheriff's Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Deputy Housworth deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Deputy Housworth is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

June 8, 2006

Your detication to your community and Love of your family are an inspiration to all. My others emulate your legacy and your excitement for your job. I miss you and pray that you will rest in peace. I look forward to seeing you in heaven when I depart from this earth.
Your Loving Brother
Raymond L Housworth

Brother/Raymond L Housworth

February 27, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 13, 2005

Rest in peace deputy
You're gone but not forgotten.

Walworth SO

December 19, 2003

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