THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard E. Hipke.
Issue Date: October 31, 2019
On Friday Oct 25, 2019, Richard Edwin "Dick" Hipke, 83, was taken up to Heaven after a battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer.
Dick was born May 18, 1936, to the late Edwin and Marie (Weber) Hipke and attended Peshtigo High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed all over the world for the next ten and a half years.
His best times were when he was in Great Yarmouth, England at Shepherds Grove Air Force base, England. He always wondered where these friends he had made were, so in 2000 with the help of the internet, he was reunited with some of his Shepherds Grove buddies. Each year he looked forward to traveling to another state for their reunions.
On Feb 27, 1971, Dick was married to Rose Marie Fendryk. They just celebrated 48 years together this year. Dick drove semi-truck for Bayside Dist. and then as an owner/operator leased on with Frigo Cheese. He joked about having a million miles under his belt. Along with truck driving, Dick always had other jobs; from farming to owning Old Friends Bar in County Line.
Every summer for 30 years, Dick enjoyed taking part in the Porterfield Country and Cruisin' Oldies festivals. Through the years he held several offices for the festivals making many, many great friends. He also enjoyed camping at Green's Green Acres in Porterfield for over 40 years.
Dick always said "Yours, Mine and Ours" when it came to the children. He is survived by his wife, Rose; 10 children, (mine) Kim (Randy Retzlaff) McDonald, Kenton Hipke, Keith (MaryJo) Hipke, Kirby (Karla Luise-Murphy) Hipke, Kandy (Jeffery) Brabant (Yours) Julie (Mark) VanHulle, Bill (Brenda) Hipke, (Ours) Kelly (Nick) Wuhrman, Ronald (Amanda) Hipke, Randy(Nicole Lassanske) Hipke; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dean Hipke; a sister, Darlene "Cookie" Grandaw; an adopted sister, Barb Holmes, as well as many friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; several in-laws; a sister, Susan; a brother Allen; brothers-in-law, Harold Grandaw and D. John Fendryk and a great-granddaughter, Kayleigh McDonald.
Friends may call at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, 121 Chicago St., Oconto on Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon. A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 716 Madison St, Oconto at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. The burial with Military Honors will be held at Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rhodescharapata.com
A special thanks to Unity Hospice, especially Sara and Rennes-East, especially Dawn, Robin and Cindy for their wonderful care.