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Richard "Dick" R. Proch, 78

Richard "Dick" R. Proch, age 78, of Ellsworth, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Ellsworth Care Center, Ellsworth, Wis.

Dick was born in Belfield, N.D. on June 16, 1935.

Following a successful business career in the Twin Cities, he purchased the Fair Grounds Pavilion in Ellsworth. The business soon became Proch's "Popular" Ballroom. For the next 16 years the ballroom provided numerous entertainment experiences for the entire area. After selling the ballroom, Dick was employed by Budget Rent-A-Car, and Medco Medical Equipment. In his retirement he spent time traveling and providing his handy-man services to family and friends.

Dick will be missed by his family and all those that he touched.

Dick is survived by his wife, Jo, Ellsworth, Wis.; daughter, Yvette (Dave) Christensen, Fridley, Minn.; son, Darryn (Sheryl) Proch, Anoka, Minn.; five grandchildren: Bree (Josh), Tayler, Dany, Elle, and Jesse; one great-grandson, Brooks; brother, Roger (Linda) Proch, Hudson, Wis.; and sister, Cathy (Don) Ollum, Anoka, Minn. Dick is further survived by two nephews, Danny, and Matt; and many friends.

His mother, Tillie "Baba" Proch, preceded him in death.

A celebration of Dick's life will take place at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, from 4-7 p.m. on Sat., March 1, with a time of remembrance's at 7 p.m. Please come and share a memory.

Burial of Dick's cremated remains will be in the Spring in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth.

To share a memory or photo online go to and go to Dick's guestbook.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, Wis., is serving the family.

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