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Local performer Dick Sartz dies at 101

Brad Williams

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One of La Crosse’s best-known performers over the last 50 years has died. 

Community theater actor Dick Sartz was 101 when he passed away last weekend. 

Sartz grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and came to La Crosse in the 1950’s as a forest researcher, working in the Coulee Experimental Forest near Bangor. 

Sartz began acting in local theater in the 70’s, and performed in more than 40 plays, mostly at the La Crosse Community Theatre, including “You Can’t Take It With You” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

He also appeared in Summerstage productions of “Sleuth” and “Camelot” at UW-La Crosse, and was featured in a 2000 WIZM Radio broadcast of “The Invisible Man.”      

Dick Sartz was inducted into the La Crosse Community Theatre hall of fame in 2018.

During the last 20 years, he also played percussion with La Crosse’s Da Capo Band.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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