Funeral Director / Former Owner
Rick has been a lifelong resident of Richland County, the son of Dean and Betty (Rux/Doudna) Unbehaun. The Unbehaun family arrived in America from Germany in 1848 and later settled in Richland County, Wisconsin in 1856.
Rick attended Brush Creek and Buck Creek grade schools and later graduated from Richland Center High School in 1967. The following day after graduation Unbehaun began working at the Pratt Funeral Service.
Rick continued working summers at the funeral home while attending the UW-Richland. While attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, Rick worked at the Schmitt-Bartelt-Gerber Funeral Home in Wauwatosa. After graduation in 1970, Unbehaun worked at the Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, where he received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License in 1971. Rick was then drafted into the US Army in 1971, serving most of his military service at Ft. Hood, Texas, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1973 with a rank of SP4. In February 1973, Rick returned to the Pratt Funeral Service, where he has remained full time ever since.
In 1974, Rick married the former Janis Van Brocklin, daughter of Eldon and Lilas (Popanz) Van Brocklin. Together, they enjoy traveling to many parts of the world, having enjoyed many exciting and unusual traveling experiences. Janis taught Spanish and English for the Weston School District and enjoys working in her yard and flower gardens. Janis retired from teaching in June, 2008. They have three "cat children".
Rick began as part owner of the firm in 1985 and is a member of many professional organizations, including the National and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association; Charter Member of the Funeral Service Alliance (FSA)and is presently on the Board of Directors of FSA; Charter Member of the Funeral Ethics Association; and a Life Member as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP). Rick completed over 8 years as a member of the Wisconsin State Funeral Directors Examining Board and retired as Chairman of the Board in October, 2005. He has been a lifelong member of the Peace United Methodist Church; member of the Richland Center American Legion Post #2267; and previously served on the Richland Center Economic Development board; was appointed and served on Military Academy Service Selection Boards for Congressman Steve Gunderson and Congressman Scott Klug. He is also interested in local, state and national politics and government and enjoys frequent trips to Washington, D.C.
Rick is honored to be able to serve our families in his profession of funeral service. He is also honored to be associated with a firm and fellow professionals and partners with the highest degree of ethics, dedication and professionalism. Although retired in June 2008, Rick continues to work at the funeral homes as needed or requested by families. During the winter months, Rick & Janis are enjoying warmer weather in Zephyrhills, FL.