HOBE SOUND, Fla. — Archie Britt, 94, of Hobe Sound a devoted and loving husband and father, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at his home.
Archie was born Jan. 4, 1922, in La Crosse, Wis., to Archibald Ray and Hazel Henrietta (Kieser) Britt, the fourth of seven children. He was joined in marriage with Rosemary Miller on Sept. 25, 1948, in Washington D.C. Archie and Rosemary were married for almost 65 years until Rosemary’s passing on June 24, 2013.
Archie obtained his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with honors and election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After graduation he served as a physician in the Navy as a Lieutenant. Following his discharge he completed his residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Such was his intellectual nature and talent as a surgeon that he was offered a position on the teaching faculty of University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Archie’s love of his hometown and a community-based practice instead brought him back to La Crosse, with his wife and new baby, where he raised his family and practiced as a general surgeon for over 35 years. He was a compassionate and gifted surgeon who dedicated himself to the care of countless residents of the greater La Crosse area. His tireless pursuit of excellence in his work and fairness to those he encountered was well recognized. At St. Francis Medical Center he was a respected leader serving as chief of surgery and chief of staff as well as chairman of the board of directors. Archie was dedicated not only to his patients in La Crosse, and the surrounding area, but also to the children of Chileda Institute, where he served as president. He was on the board of the La Crosse chapter of the American Cancer Society and supported many causes including the Special Olympics. Archie was also a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
When he was not tending to his patients he loved to read, listen to music and spend time with his family. He enjoyed cross country skiing, waterskiing and summer vacations exploring the north woods of Wisconsin near Hayward, immersing himself in nature, fishing, boating and listening to the loon on the lake.
Foremost he was a man who loved his wife and family and dedicated himself to helping others. He was a remarkable man who will be missed by many.
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Archie is survived by his sister, Jean Buehler of Sheboygan Wis.; his daughters, Janice Ann (Philip) Beck of Winnetka, Ill., and Jennifer Kay (Brian) Giannattasio of Washington D.C.; son, John Edward (Gina) Britt, M.D. of Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeffery Robert (Heather) Beck of Lemont, Ill., Stephen Britt (Kelly) Beck of Winnetka, Ill., Gregory Michael (Maria) Beck of Chicago, Ill., Archie Evans Britt of Palm Beach, Fla. and Aldo John, Adrian Britt and Alex Joan Giannattasio, all of Washington D.C.
Archie was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; his parents; brothers, Chester, Edgar, Franklin and Kenneth; and sister, Dorothy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Faith United Methodist Church, 1818 Redfield Street, La Crosse. The Reverend Karen Bankes presiding. Interment will be held immediately following the funeral service in Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse.
All those who knew Archie are invited to join in fellowship and celebrate his life after interment.
Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.