DIXON – Richard “Rich” Mardauss, 63, of Dixon, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at his home.
He was born Aug. 2, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., the son of George and Imogene (Weighner) Mardauss. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in applied math in 1971, he completed a degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.
Rich was a loving husband and father, and a friend to many. He was highly respected for his integrity, work ethic, and devotion to his profession by his co-workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation-Dixon, where he worked for 41 years, and as the bridge inspector for the past 14. He was responsible for the 10 northern counties of Illinois, and in 1992 was presented with the Engineer of the Year award for District 2.
Rich was a model airplane enthusiast and an avid cyclist, and had an unrivaled passion for history, science, and mathematics. His idea of a great time was to spend a few hours working out a “vector mechanics” problem from an old college textbook. He was led to his strong faith through the Catholic church and became very active with his beloved church family at St. Patrick in Dixon.
Rich married Nina (Hartzell) Verner on June 4, 1983, at Grace Methodist Church in Dixon.
Survivors include his wife, Nina, of Dixon; three sons, Adam (Leslie) Verner of Chicago, Robert Mardauss of Dixon, and William (Anna) Mardauss of Chicago; two grandchildren, 10-month-old Emery Louise Mardauss and 5-month-old Elijah James Verner; his mother, Imogene, and sister, Julie (Steve) Kahler, both of Evart, Mich.; father-in-law, Robert Hartzell of Dixon; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., with a Scripture service and celebration of life at 6 p.m., Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernard Sehr officiating. Burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Palmyra Township, with a meal following at St. Patrick Holloway Center.
A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon and KSB Cancer Care Center.
Visit www.thejonesfh.com to send condolences.