Richard G. Van Epern
March 28, 1932 - January 5, 2007
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Fargo Funeral Home
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Monday 1/8, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fargo Funeral Home
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Holy Cross Catholic Church
309 Desnoyer Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Tuesday 1/9, 11:30 am
Holy Cross Cemetery - Kaukauna
1298 Desnoyer St,
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Tuesday 1/9, 12:30 pm

Richard G. Van Epern ‚ÄúDick‚Äù Dick Van Epern, age 74, of Kaukauna, died peacefully at home January 5, 2007. He was born March 28, 1932 to the late William and Euphamia (Meulemans) Van Epern, in Kaukauna. Dick married his high school sweetheart Helen Deering, August 11, 1953 and spent 53 years together in marriage. He…

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George E. Greenwood left a message on April 6, 2009:
HELEN AND FAMILY I WANT TO EXTEND MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO ALL OF YOU. WE JUST FINISHED MASS HERE FOR DICK. IF WE WERE IN KAUKAUNA[LITTLE CHUTE] WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SHAKING DICE OR EATING OR EVEN HAVING A DRINK. MY BROTHER TOM E- MAILED ME FRIDAY MORNING ABOUT DICK. YES I WAS SHOCKED AND DID SAY OH S--T. YES I KNOW IT IS LIFE, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT HAS BEEN TO KNOW ALL OF YOU. AND TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS FOR MORE YEARS THAN WE LIKE TO ADMIT. ALSO KNOW THAT DICK AND ALL OF YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED IN MY DAILY PRAYERS. I AM NOT A RELIGIOUS FANATIC, BUT WHEN I SWIM IN THE MORNINGS, I FIND IT IS A GREAT TIME TO MEDITATE AND PRAY. THERE ARE LONG LISTS IN ALL OUR FAMILIES TO THINK ABOUT AND BE THANKFUL FOR. THANK YOU FOR SHARING DICKS LIFE WITH ALL OF US. WITH MUCH LOVE AND PRAYERS FROM DEAR OLD GEORGE. THANKS AGAIN.
Del Romenesko left a message on April 6, 2009:
My deepest condolences to Helen, the children and Dick's brothers and sisters. Having been at the farm many times before Bill bought our farm and going to school with Roy and Karen I feel even after all the years a loss. Mom and Dad had mentioned Dick many times. I believe I last saw him at one of their wedding anniversary get-to-gethers. If Roy or Karen would like to E-mail me with what has been going on in their lives in the past 45 years I would have interest. Again, God Bless the family. Del Romenesko
Bev Romenesko left a message on April 6, 2009:
To all of the Van Epern family.... I'm one of Clem Romenesko's youngest daughters who always thought of Dick as dad's friend with the "dancing eyes" who looked like Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind! I met Dick at my dad's funeral in 2000 and he still looked just the same as I remembered from when I was a little kid and was still just as nice a man as he could be! Since I live in CT, I'm sorry I can't be there for you as Dick was for us when we lost our dad. My heart goes out to you losing him at such a young age. My best to all of you. Kindest Regards, Bev Romenesko
Rev. Harvey Kandler left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Helen and family: Indeed we are saddened at Richard's death. We know what it means for you and your family and how difficult it is to bear that burden. But we would remind all of us that God has the last word at the moment of death, and His word is good. That word is "resurrection"--the hope we live by. The lamp has been turned out for Richard on this earth, but the only reason is that the dawning has come and the light of a new day is there for him and all of us, for he joins with all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed. God gave Richard the talents of taking the created world and transforming it into food and fiber, that all of us might have life and even a better life. Farming is one of the noblest of occupations from the dawn of history, and those who have farmed well and lived close to the earth have been in touch with the Creator who made heaven and earth. As they lay down their trophies, they become the harvest unto eternal life. May our Lord bless and keep Richard and may he bless and keep you. May your heavy heart be upheld by the shepherd's crook and the empty tomb.
Bonnie Byford left a message on April 6, 2009:
To the Van Epern Family: My sincerest sorrow at your great loss of a most wonderful person! Bonnie (Romenesko) Byford Toronto, Canada
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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