Richard Karel, age 61, of Horicon, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
Visitation will be at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon on Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will follow at church on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 PM. Rev. Daniel Seehafer will officiate. Burial will be at Oakhill Cemetery in Horicon where the Horicon American Legion Post #157 will provide military honors.
Richard Donald Karel was born on September 15, 1948 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Donald and Delores (Nehls) Karel. He graduated from Horicon High School and later served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service, Dick returned to Horicon and worked at John Deere Horicon works until he retired after 41 years of dedicated employment. He was a member of the John Deere Spitfire”s and regularly attended their meetings. On June 7, 1980, Dick was united in marriage with Karen L. Woock at Zion Lutheran Church in Burnett. Dick was a life-long member and a very active member of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon. He served as an usher and a deacon, and he also helped at the St. Stephen Food Pantry. He was also the captain of the church dart ball team and always made himself available to help around the church when something needed to be done. Dick loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Horicon American Legion Post #157 and was one of the people that were instrumental in organizing the 1st Annual Veterans Walk on Horicon Marsh that will take place this weekend.
Survivors include his two children, Dawn (Jason) Wippermann of Oshkosh and Scott Karel (special friend Lynn Welhouse) of Eagan, MN; his parents, Donald and Delores Karel of Horicon; a sister and two brothers, Sandra (Richard) Greshay, Thomas (Kay) Karel), and Steven (Lois) Karel, all of Horicon; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Gloria Woock of Burnett, many other relatives and friends. Dick was preceded in death by his wife on September 11, 1998.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Richard Karel”s name to St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church, St. Stephen Food Pantry, or the Horicon American Legion.
The Murray Funeral Home, 716 Clinton Street in Horicon, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 1:00pm
Oak Hill Cemetery-Horicon