Richard W. “Dick” Kuepper
Richard W. “Dick” Kuepper, 83 years old from Shawano, passed away peacefully early on Saturday March 13, 2021 at Birch Hill in Shawano.
Dick was born October 5, 1937 in Milwaukee, son of Charles and Mildred (Dunlap) Kuepper. Richard excelled in athletics, soccer lettering and track and field, setting several records.
After graduating from high school, Richard moved to San Antonio, Texas to study at Trinity University. After graduating from college, he returned to Wisconsin and worked as a counselor at Camp Lannon Fields Farms. It was there that he met and fell in love with his colleague, Lynne Folstad, from Barron. The love of his life, they married on June 13, 1959 in Barron, and settled in Clintonville. In 1970, the couple moved to Shawano, where they remained for the remainder of their 61-year marriage.
In Shawano, Richard rose through the ranks from Loan Officer to Vice President of Citizens State Bank and led the Rotary Youth Exchange program. He was proud of his work as a long-time Rotary member and received two Paul Harris Awards. He and Lynne have hosted four exchange students over the years: Karen Israelsson from Sweden, Marcia Costa from Brazil, Astrid Solberg from Norway and Jussi Toivonen from Finland. As a testament to their commitment, Richard and Lynne have kept in touch with all of their “children”, traveling around the world to visit them. They loved to travel, taking trips to Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Brazil, Richard even venturing to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Long known for his surprisingly beautiful skills in woodworking, later in his life Richard enjoyed touring and exhibiting his work – from small boxes to large dressers and desks – at art fairs. He admitted, however, that his greatest achievement was his family.
Richard is survived by his daughters, Wendy (Jon) Kofoot of Savage, MN and Kathy (Dan) Braun of Shawano; her granddaughters, Haanah Braun of Northfield, MN and Maris Braun of Seattle, WA; her nieces, Robin Baird of Arlington, VA and Carol (Lynwood) Harris of Coppell, TX; his great-niece Casey (Brad) Williams and his great-great-nephews Cambell and Camden of Lewisville, TX; and his international family who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his wife, Lynne; his parents, Charles and Mildred Kuepper; and his sister Lucie.
A moment of gathering and sharing memories of Richard and Lynne Kuepper will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mickelson funeral service in Shawano. A funeral service for Richard and Lynne will be held at a later date. Funeral services will be held at a later date at Wayside Cemetery in Barron, under the direction of Pastor Mary Anne Conklin. Instead of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association on act.alz.org> donate.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the family is asking that masks be worn during attendance and that social distancing be observed.
“The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Birch Hill for their loving care. “