Richard O. "Dick" Emanuel
October 28, 1927 - April 19, 2013
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Richard Otto Emanuel, age 85, of Appleton, passed away on April 19, 2013. He was born October 28, 1927 in Eau Claire, the son of the late Otto Herman and Ida (Piper) Emanuel. He lived, went to school, and played football, basketball, baseball, and track in Augusta, Wisconsin, graduating in 1945. After serving in the…

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Tom Jones left a message on May 19, 2013:

Dear Betty and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dick's death and want to extend my deepest sympathies to all of you. Coach Emanual was a tremendous person, teacher and coach and he was instrumental in helping me succeed in basketball as well as in life. He was not a yeller or one to lose his temper very often, but he had a special way of connecting with people that helped him get his points across while allowing others to maintain their dignity in the process. He was a supreme motivator and believed so strongly in the team concept always talking about the collective strengths of the team vs. the individual players involved. Thank you Dick for teaching me the value of hard work, discipline, teamwork, respect and always trying to do the right thing. I will never forget these lessons and appreciate all that you have done over your remarkable time here with us.
All my best,
Tom Jones

Dick and Lynn Miller left a message on May 2, 2013:
Our condolences to the family. Dick and Betty lived in my grand fathers(Gus Solie) house when they first moved to Appleton. We have many memories of West games as we both went to West when Dick was coaching there. Dick's son married my parents neighbor Sherri so we have had many connections. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Dick and Lynn Miller
Debra Martens Olmsted left a message on May 2, 2013:
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of you father ,husband and such a wonderful mentor to hundreds..... I have such great memories of the days of basketball at West and who knew at the time that a season could bring such joyful memories for a lifetime. I did get to thank your dad and husband in recent years and tell him my love for the game, and the joy of state basketball tournaments is something I have passed down to my daughters. He will be remembered with such dignity and respect by all that knew him. May he rest with God forever.......
Mike Grosklaus left a message on May 2, 2013:
My sympathies to Dave and the rest of the family. I have fond memories of Dick Emanuel as a Coach, Vice-Principal, and Father of a friend. He was always someone who was a great role model for all who knew him.
Karen Halverson left a message on May 2, 2013:
Coach Emanuel was a great and kind man. He will be missed by many. I went to school at West High and he was my math teacher, He really cared about all the students even if he did not teach them. He had a kind spirit and was always concerned about the students and not just the guys he coached. He will be missed, he was a great person and his memory will live in me forever!!!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Patrick Erm left a message on May 2, 2013:
I grew up directly across the street from the Emanuels, so naturally, I have alot of memories about them, and of Coach Emanuel. I remember Coach Emanuel (seems like that's all anyone ever called him)....as being a genuinely warm, loving, and sincere man. When he was talking to you, he'd give you his full focus & attention. He was always quick to praise, always seemed interested in whatever I was up to, and if he did need to address me for something I might have done, he was always fair about it. I remember when the basketball teams would come over to their house for barbeques. There'd be 30 some guys in the driveway all shooting hoops at the same time...it was nuts!! But I also clearly remember how much they all looked up to Coach Emanuel. That was apparent. They all respected this man so very much...but I think that was because he respected them all too. Respect...that's a word that really sums up what Mr. Emanuel stood for and lived by. He was a man who respected everybody, and everybody respected and loved him in return. Mrs. Emanuel, Barbra, Dave, Mary jo, and Susan...I know it's been a long time since I've seen any of you, but THANKYOU ALL for your warmth, and your friendship. Thankyou for being my neighbors. My condolences to all of you.
Ike Spangenberg left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty and Family, Because I will be out of town during the funeral of Dick, please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of a highly respected and admired colleague. I served on the staff at AHS West with him for many years and along with the numerous fellow staff members share nothing but a great deal of respect for Dick as a teacher, administrator and friend. I do remember many of the post basketball game gatherings we had during the 70's at one of our staff homes and especially the championship season of 1969-70----the days of the "Pumpkin Patch" pep band which was labeled by sports announcer and enthusiaast Bob Lloyd. Our trip to the state tournament that season was a highlight of the year for us. I don't think AHS West was ever so unified as that school year----successful from all standpoints. Again, my sympathies to Dicks family at his passing and may you in your grief find consolation in the many good things his life brought to so many people.
Yvonne Buchinger McGee left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mr. Emanuel was my homeroom teacher for three years and also my geometry teacher. He was a man of high principle and a mentor to me and many of my classmates, as well as a respected coach of boys' teams. He was always available, giving wise advice and help in choosing post-graduate direction. Those of us who knew him respected him and loved him; we are fortunate to have known his kindness.
Sue Davis-Crahen left a message on May 2, 2013:
My condolences on the passing of Dick. As a student at West in the 70's I have fond memories of him as an assistant principle and coach. His state championship in 1970, truly awesome. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Linda Greene Suda left a message on May 2, 2013:
A great teacher & very nice man. He strongly suggested I should go into engineering! My Dad would have loved that too, but I saw my life's work as a teacher. Very encouraging, no-nonsense kind of guy! Thank you!
Irv johnson left a message on May 2, 2013:
Thanks for a lot of great memories! They cover a lot of years from college on to 2013. My prayers are with your loving family. Irv and Nancy
Darryl Goehring left a message on May 2, 2013:
It was an honor to have played and served as co-captain on Coach Emanuel's final basketball team at Appleton West in 1981-82. He was a special man and I know he cared a great deal about all his players. I also attended UW-Eau Claire and still live in the area. Whenever I visit the McPhee Phy Ed center on campus, I seek out his Blugold Hall of Fame plaque and let everyone know that he was my high school basketball coach. It is truly amazing what an accomplished athlete he was in addition to being a great coach, teacher, and administrator. My deepest sympathy to Betty and the family.
Carl Bruggink left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty & family. Judy and I extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of Dick. We had hoped to come to the funeral tomorrow, however, something has come up and we will not be able to attend. Dick was a wonderful man, a real credit to the teaching and coaching profession. They don't come any finer. I had the priviledge of scrimmaging his teams, coaching a gainst him, and coaching with him in the State BB All-Star game. I'm sure you have many fond memories. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Sincerely, Carl Bruggink-BB coach(retired) Clintonville
Bill Casper left a message on May 2, 2013:
Appleton High, class of '58. "Coach" was always one of my favorite teachers. He made math fun. My condolences to the family.
Neil Buck left a message on May 2, 2013:
TO: Betty and the entire Emanuel family FROM: Neil Buck, Captain, 1954 Basketball Team My sincere condolences on the death of Coach Emanuel. As a member of his first basketball team at AHS we recognized and appreciated his positive character and caring ways. God bless you ...
Andy Livingston left a message on May 2, 2013:
My condolences to the family. His lessons will live on for a long long time.
Joe and Lucy Perez left a message on May 2, 2013:
Betty- Joe and I were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Of all the years they coached against each other there was always the deepest respect for Dick. We always thought of Dick as "Mr. West" and held him up as a role model for the newer and younger coaches. Joe is currently in hospital with pneumonia or we would be there Saturday. We will be thinking of you and the kids and holding you in our prayers. Dick's legacy will live on forever.
Jim Meyers left a message on May 2, 2013:
To: Betty Emanuel and family. Betty, Judy and I send our heart felt sympathy to you on the loss of our friend Coach Dick Emanuel. Our end of the seasons' Coaches dinner was always such a great time. I had the greatest Respect for Dick. He was a great role model for all Coaches, and a fierce competitor to Coach against. We will be out of town on Saturday attending a previously scheduled family affair, and will not be able to attend the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Jim and Judy Meyers.
Lisa Morris Miller left a message on May 2, 2013:
Our prayers are with you. Trust in God's promises and the great love He has given through our Savior, Christ Jesus. May you feel the strength of His presence and the joy of His encouragement through this difficult time. I will always have fond memories of being welcomed in your home and shooting hoops in the driveway. Sending hugs. - Lisa
Joyce Beyer left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time in your lives. Remember the fun-filled days for joy and love because that is something that never fades away. God's Blessings. Joyce Beyer
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Margith Jackson Meis left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dick Emanuel was the beloved coach and math teacher at Mondovi High School in the early 1950's. Students of that era remember him with fondness and honor his memory.
Rick Martinek left a message on May 2, 2013:
Coach Emanuel, whether coach was teaching math, or coaching basketball,or his fun golf teams it was always a memorial experience!!. His math logic has lasted a lifetime for me. A real straight shooter. I really respected him. Thanks for the lessons!!
Jennifer Wargula left a message on May 2, 2013:
Sorry to hear about Dick's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Carol Liethen McIntyre left a message on May 2, 2013:
Although you don't know me, I want to tell you that Mr. Emanuel was my all time favorite teacher! Carol Liethen McIntyre AHS class of '59
Jack Gurholt left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty and Family: Coach Emanuel was a great teacher, coach, and person. He cared deeply for his players long after their playing days were over. It was not just about winning, but also making us into better human beings.Coach and my father are the two people that have touched my life in many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Scott Hanson left a message on May 2, 2013:
Coach Emanuel is one of the few truly great people that I have encountered in my life. Besides being a fine geometry teacher and outstanding basketball coach he was a very religious man. He was a fine motivator and instilled the desire to compete and excel in his players. As was stated by another admirer, he was "strong and yet gentle." The best moment in my lifetime happened because of Coach Emanuel. I will miss him but never forget him. Scott Hanson
Gary Hietpas left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty and kids; I am so very sorry to learn of Coaches passing. I can honestly say that I respected Dick as much as any man I have ever known. He was a great teacher and coach but even more importantly, he was a great man. There are a few people I've known over the years who believed with all of their being that there is a right way to do something whether in the classroom, in sports or, most importantly, in life, and always strived to do everything in that "right" way. That was Dick to a tee. I will miss his smiling face and his always pleasant demeanor. He was a great gentleman!! When I learned of Dick's passing I hoped to volunteer to say a few words at the service. Unfortunely, Barb and I will be out of town and unable to attend. Please know that we will be thinking about all of you and we hope you are doing as well as can be expected. God Bless!!
George and Barbara Zima left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Betty and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Dick., wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We will always remember our times together at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River. Betty, you and Dick were the most handsome couple in the church on Sunday mornings, always there, always smiling and beautifully dressed. You gave of yourselves to all who knew you and your prayers for all of us were never ending, as our prayers for you both have been these past years. May God comfort you now and give you His peace. With love, Barbara and George
Bill Olsen left a message on May 2, 2013:
As a student at AHS, I knew Coach Emanuel both as my geometry teacher (that was a tough one for me) and of course as a coach. Every home basketball game was a treat seeing Coach up close as a member of the Pep Band. Later in life it was a great pleasure to meet Dick at Trinity Lutheran where my Dad attended. Certainly Dick was one of those all too rare people that possess the wonderful qualities that we all admire & strive to emulate. Blessings to you all as you celebrate his life...
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
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