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Richard E. Schapekahm

Richard E. Schapekahm was born Nov. 17, 1939 in New Ulm to Adolph and Martha Schapekahm. He passed away at his home following a two year illness on July 25, 2017 at the age of 77.

Richard graduated from New Ulm High School in 1957. Following graduation, he began his career in New Ulm at Kraft Foods. His career took him from New Ulm to Allentown, Pennsylvania; Van Wert, Ohio; Kankakee, Illinois; Rochester and LeSueur. Richard returned to New Ulm and retired from the dairy business on Aug. 1, 1995. He married Marion Meinert in 1962, and they shared 54 years together.

Richard had a great love for his church, his wife and his family. In addition, he thoroughly enjoyed boating, fishing and socializing with the many friends he made along the way. We will greatly miss the warmth of his personality, his willingness to help others and the decency with which he lived his life. Blessed be his memory.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marion Schapekahm, of New Ulm; their three children, Debra Timm and her husband Roger of La Crescent; Kristine Carre of Portland, Oregon; Richard Schapekahm and his wife Mary of Big Lake; eight grandchildren, Jesse and Liza Timm; Maggie and Molly Carre; Jacob Nash and Zachary, Noah and Jack Schapekahm.

Richard is further survived by his siblings, Gary (Lois) of Little Chute, Wisconsin; Naomi (William) Schimmel of North Mankato; LeRoy (Carol) Schapekahm; Judith Schroer; and Ruth (Dean) Bartsch all of New Ulm. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Martha Schapekahm; brother Bert Schapekahm; sister-in-law Darleen Schapekahm; and brother-in-law Harold (Bud) Schroer.

A visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 North State St., New Ulm on August 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.

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