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Richard L. Pape

January 16, 1941 December 10, 2018
Richard L. Pape
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Richard (Dick) Pape, 77, of Lake Jackson, Texas, and formerly of Brookfield, Wisconsin, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Dick now has the opportunity to address Jesus face to face in order to thank and praise Him for paying for our sins and providing a pathway to eternal life.

He leaves behind, to cherish his memories, his wife, Carol (nee Biesemeier); his daughters, Chris (Gregg) Kiihne of Texas, Laura (Steve) Johnson of Michigan, and son, David (Bonnie) Pape of Minnesota; grandchildren Matthew, Elizabeth, and Sarah Kiihne, Hannah, Abigail and Timothy Pape; his brothers and sisters, Don (Gerry), Jim (Barb), Kathy Pape, Jean (Bill) Benson and John (Marilyn) Pape; his step-mother Grace Baxter Pape; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 19 at HARDER FUNERAL HOME from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Thursday, December 20 at ZION EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, N48 W18700 Lisbon Rd., Menomonee Falls from 10:00 AM until time of Service at 11:00 AM.

Dick was a man of integrity and had a generous heart. Serving at church was one of his main hobbies, but he also enjoyed gardening, solving brain teasers and word puzzles, and cheering for both the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers. He was widely known for his love of puns and his sense of humor.

Born on Jan. 16, 1941, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, he was the oldest of six children to Alfred and Lorraine Pape and has simply been described as “the best big brother.”

Unbeknown to many, Dick was an actor in a few movies for his parents’ film club. Regrettably, only a select few have had the opportunity to view footage of his thespian talents, including wearing a dress and wig in a dramatic portrayal of Miss Muffet. In addition, his early employment included chores around the house, being a paperboy, and working at the auto dealership for his Uncle Chuck.

Dick apparently lived a “rough” childhood, though. When his own children complained too much, he reminded them that not only did he have to walk to and from St. Peter’s Lutheran School each day, but that it was uphill… both ways… usually in a blizzard, no less. After somehow surviving this perilous chapter of his life, Dick attended high school at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, where he was introduced to Rick Fremont, who became a beloved family friend.

After graduating from Valparaiso University in 1962, Dick immediately began work as a systems analyst at Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and remained with the company even after it was bought in the mid 1980’s by what became Deutz-Allis. That transaction allowed him to add substantially to his collection of IBM computer punch cards… which became a family staple for use as notecards and grocery lists. During his time at Allis-Chalmers, Dick completed his M.B.A. at UW-Milwaukee. He transitioned from farm machinery to finance when he was hired by Fiserv, Inc. in 1989 and worked there until his retirement in 2006.

In 1966, he married Carol, his wife of 52 years. Their marriage was filled with laughter and love as they raised their three children: Chris, Laura, and David.

Dick and Carol were involved with bridge groups, Bible studies, planning road rallies for friends, and doing jigsaw puzzles together. They enjoyed lifelong friendships with the many friends they made throughout their marriage. Becoming empty nesters provided more opportunities for the couple to travel. A few years ago that included a trip to Italy and Greece, during which Dick had a very “up close, personal, and wet” encounter with a canal in Venice.

Dick was very active in the lives of his children. He made sure that his kids grew up in an environment that allowed them to develop personal relationships with God. He was also literally their biggest cheerleader at grade school and high school sporting events. He made sure that his children developed a strong work ethic, learned to read a map and change a flat tire, and always rooted against the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

During summer cross-country car trips, he rarely passed up the opportunity to stop at a roadside historical marker and made sure his family experienced memorable—though frequently off the beaten path—portions of Americana, including, but definitely not limited to, a sod house and the world’s largest hand-dug well.

He was a terrific grandfather, who cherished time with his little “schnickelfritzes.” These sources of joy could frequently be found at his side while he was doing his exercises, playing board games, or learning to play hearts with crazy rules (which on one memorable occasion led to Dick having to sing “I’m a little teapot”). He was proud when grandchildren joined him in the garden to snitch raspberries and was happy to instruct them on the proper depth to dig holes for planting petunias.

He passed along to his children and grandchildren the joy of covering Christmas gifts with a patchwork of wrapping paper scraps… even if it meant using a whole roll of tape to do so. This was usually followed by writing cryptic clues that the family had to solve before determining whom should actually open the present.

Dick previously survived a handful of near-death experiences, including intentionally sticking pine needles up his nose (at the encouragement of his cousin Annette), a stove fire while camping with the Jeskes, and teaching his three children to drive.

If you would like to give a memorial, please consider donating to: Zion Lutheran Church, N48 W18700 W. Lisbon Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051; Winnebago Lutheran High School, 475 E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac, WI 54935; or Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association, 16655 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

19

Dec

4:00 PM 12/19/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/19/2018 7:00:00 PM
Harder Funeral Home

18700 W. Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53045-1965

Harder Funeral Home
18700 W. Capitol Drive Brookfield 53045-1965 WI
United States

Visitation

Thursday

20

Dec

10:00 AM 12/20/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church

N48 W18700 W. Lisbon Rd.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Zion Ev. Lutheran Church
N48 W18700 W. Lisbon Rd. Menomonee Falls 53051 WI
United States

Service

Thursday

20

Dec

11:00 AM 12/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church

N48 W18700 W. Lisbon Rd.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Zion Ev. Lutheran Church
N48 W18700 W. Lisbon Rd. Menomonee Falls 53051 WI
United States
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