Richard J. 'Dick' Fernette

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Richard J. “Dick” Fernette, 56, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, following a courageous and heroic 10-year battle with cancer. 

Dick was born May 16, 1962, and raised in Prairie du Chien, the son of Dick and Marie Fernette. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and remained in the area, where he worked and established strong relationships at DH Satellite, River Town Ironworks, and the Department of Corrections in Boscobel and Prairie du Chien. 

Dick was an avid Packer fan and had a passion for the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, and help his good friend, Dave Huser, on his farm. However Dick’s greatest love was for his son and best friend, Brady. 

Dick is survived by his son, Brady, of La Crosse; his one brother, Tom (Joan) Fernette, of Anchorage, Alaska; six sisters, Teresa (Ken) Hubbard, of Madison; Kathy (Jim) Taylor, of Rochester, Minn.; Patty Fernette, LeeAnn O'Brien, Lorrie (Dave) Hubbard, and Cindy Kaber, all of Prairie du Chien; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Marie Fernette. 

Per Dick’s request, there will be no visitation. There will be a private inurnment at a later date.  Memorials may be made in Dick’s name and sent to: 130 Steiner Terrace, Prairie du Chien, WI, 53821.

The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. For online condolences, visit

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