Obit: Ernest Pate, formerly of Richfield, 70

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Ernest Pate of Michigamme, MI, formerly of Richfield, WI. was born to Eternal Life suddenly on July 15, 2016, age 70 years.

Beloved husband of Janet (nee La Crosse), the love of her life. Dear father of Jeffrey Pate and Jennifer (Brad) Bailey. Dear step-father of James Mac Fall, Jeanne Roberson and Joanna Mac Fall. Loving grandfather of Maggie, Sara, Nate, and Josh and Joe. Dear brother of Bill, Juanita (Gene), Carol, Janice (Gary) and Ron (Mary). Also survived by loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to count.

Bud built a career in the food service industry, spanning four decades. He was the past president of the Richfield Lions Club where he received numerous awards, including the Melvin Jones Award for service excellence. Bud was well known and respected throughout the community.

Visitation Thursday, July 21, from 10 am to 12 noon at Wisconsin Memorial Park-Chapel of the Chimes, 13235 W. Capitol Dr., followed by a Funeral Service at 12 noon. Entombment to follow. Memorials to the National Parks Conservation Assoc., 777 6th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001, would be appreciated.

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