Richard (Dick) Bruce Corcoran,74, died peacefully at his home, June 9, 2021, in Black River Falls. His long battle with illness due to exposure to agent orange in Vietnam exemplified his courage in facing life’s challenges.
Richard was born July 10, 1946 to Donald and Myrtle (Walters) Corcoran.
Dick graduated from Gale-Ettrick high school where he was a star athlete, and later graduated from UW-La Crosse. Dick’s friends and family frequently recalled his athleticism on the baseball field, football field, and basketball court. Dick was then drafted into the Vietnam War where he served his country from 1968 to 1970. When Dick returned, he moved to Black River Falls to work for First Federal, and later he developed a business, Farm Urban Realty, but his true dream was raising cattle and farming. Dick married the love of his life, Sharon Daines on January 10,1976.
Dick had a charming smile and a sweet tooth. His love for ice cream, candy bars and anything that Sharon cooked was only surpassed by his love for his family, the Brewers, Packers, Bucks and Badgers and his Irish heritage.
Richard will be forever remembered by his wife, Sharon Corcoran, Black River Falls: children, Nichole Sullivan, Black River Falls, Ryan Corcoran, Madison, and Brandon Corcoran (Jen) La Crosse; siblings, Nellie (Jack) Corcoran Richman, Milwaukee, Lawrence (Mardell) Corcoran, Ettrick, Ronald (Bonnie) Corcoran, Galesville and Kathy (Jeff) Corcoran Kobs, Raleigh, N.C. Ralph Gardner, Galesville; and grandchildren Ashley Sullivan, Lily Sullivan, Molly Corcoran, and Erica Corcoran; as well as, numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother John Corcoran; sister, Patricia Gardner; nephew, Chad Corcoran, great-nephew, Grant Richman; and parents Donald Corcoran and Myrtle Walter Corcoran.
A visitation will be held at Tenba Ridge Winery in Blair June 20th at 3:00 followed by a celebration of life, and a meal. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Richard’s life.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Tomah VA in building 406B for their kind, and compassionate care of Richard, as well as thank the hospice staff from Black River Falls Memorial Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Jackson County Little League, Skyline Golf Course, the Michael J. Fox Foundation or a charity of your choice.
The Torgerson Funeral Home, 408 N. Water St., in Black River Falls is assisting the family, (715) 284-4321.