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Richard TeKippe

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Richard Paul TeKippe, 80, of New Hampton passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. Services will broadcast on our FaceBook page. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 6:30 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Community School in New Hampton, St. Croix Hospice or a charity of your choice. Richard was born on February 24, 1940, to Paul and Velma (Mettner) TeKippe in New Hampton. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Loras College, Dubuque in 1961 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa Law School, Iowa City in 1964. He was an avid Chickasaw and Hawkeye fan his entire life. Richard met the love of his life, Margaret "Marge" (Fitzgerald), in high school and their love story began with their February 14, 1955, Sweetheart Dance and they never stopped dancing. They wed on June 11, 1960, in Lourdes. Their union created five children and many grandchildren, each of them great. Richard valued empathy, service, and giving back to his community. He served as an Assistant County Attorney in Dubuque and was elected to several terms as Chickasaw County Attorney. He was an active leader, teammate, and often officer and president of many organizations he cared deeply about; including the Chickasaw County, Iowa, and American Bar associations and the Iowa County Attorneys Association, the New Hampton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Lions Club, Jaycees, St. Joseph's Parish Council, United Way Board, and the St. Joe's Choir. Richard loved his family and friends, singing, dancing, boating and fishing, playing bridge and euchre, and plenty of golf. He and Marge traveled the world, from Alaska to New Orleans, Hawaii to New York and Mexico, from Seattle to Paris and Rome. But they always came home to New Hampton and their beloved Chickasaws. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Velma, and daughter, Laura. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Margaret, sons Jeff, Joe (Jeanne), John (Sherri), Jim (Stephanie), grandchildren Paul, Michael, JR, Hannah, Gerene, Richard, Madison, and Nick, and great grandson Elliott, and the many family and friends whom he cared so deeply about.

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  1. Dear Marge and family, please accept our sympathy on the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather. He was a talented and interesting man. We enjoyed talking with him about politics and appreciated his dry wit. I loved when he was song leader at Rotary. Keep sharing your stories about him.

  2. Dear Marge and family My sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you be filled with the love and peace of God. I have special memories of his beautiful voice in our choir. Those were good days.

  3. Marge and family my sympathy to all. Always enjoyed being in choir with him, will miss him up there. Judy Hoffman

  4. Marge and the entire TeKippe family, you have my deepest sympathy. Another one gone from the old neighborhood. Prayers are with you all!

  5. Marge, Jeff, Joe, John, Sherri, Jim, Stephanie and families – I am so sorry to read of Rich’s passing. He was a wonderful and caring person. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  6. Mike and I send our condolences to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will have a mass said at St. Boniface. Mike and Barb Arkwright.

  7. Rich was one of the first parishioners to reach out to us and welcome us to St. Joes. Such a wonderful man. My sincere sympathy to you, Marge and family. May God “walk with you” during this sad time for all of you.

  8. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Rich was such a wonderful, wonderful person. He will unquestionably be missed by all. Much love to you all.

  9. Many of my favorite childhood memories involved the TeKippe family. RIP Rich and my sympathies to his family.

  10. Marge and family, Lance and I are very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Our prayers and condolences to you and your family. He will be missed by many. God’s blessings to Rich’s family and may Rich Rest In Peace! Lance and Jan Manson

  11. Marge and family, You all have our sincerest sympathy. Richard was a very nice man and we had many great conversations. RIP

  12. Marge and your family Our sympathy, prayers and thoughts are for you in your sorrow. Rich was a good Man and will be missed

  13. May the memories of your loved one console you today and in the future. He was a great man and always had a smile and hello when you saw him. Our prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  14. Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Richard P. TeKippe. May our friendship and prayers ease you thorough this difficult time.

  15. Our deepest sympathies to you Marge and family. We will keep you in our prayers and may Rich rest in peace.

  16. Our deepest sympathy to you Marge and all your family at this sad time. As his director at choir I always enjoyed that deep voice leading the bass section. We have already missed him these last months but now he can sing anytime he wants and we will still be listening. Our prayers are with all of you.

  17. Our prayers and sympathy to all of you. Richard can join his heavenly family with hugs from Laura and Velma and he will always be in your hearts.

  18. Our prayers and sympathy to Marge and her entire family. May all your fondest memories sustain you during this difficult time.

  19. Our prayers are with the TeKippe family. I didnt know Rich, but I do know Johnand through John and feel that I know the character and integrity by which Rich lived. Through your grief, I pray that all will find peace and meaning in his lifeclearly a life well lived. God bless you all.

  20. Please accept our sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  21. With heartfelt condolences, TJ , Jane, Mark and Sarah and their families sending you love and prayers at this time.

  22. Chief TeKippe and Sherri, With heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire TeKippe family.

  23. I met Dick in law school. I have always thought of him as a friend, and an exceptionally good man. My sympathies to his family. Pete Burk

  24. Marge and Family, Just want to extend my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Rich. My memories go way back when I delivered papers to Grandpa Joe and also to his parents. And then to all the high school memories and being members of the HS golf team. Rich was very enjoyable to be around on and off the golf course. He was very accomplished through out his life. Prayers to you during this difficult time

  25. Marge and family, I have so many memories of Paul and Velma and especially their stories of Rich and how extremely proud they were of not only you and Rich and all of your accomplishments, but also your family. I remember specifically when Jeff was born, and Velma just couldnt say enough about him and his Mommy and Daddy! The TeKippe family was pretty special! We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. You have our sincere condolences on your loss, but I know how many good memories you have. May they be of much consolation to you.

  26. So sorry for your loss Rich was a good man and was a great lawyer. Sending Prayers to the family Don and Delores Knutson

  27. Marge and family. It was a pleasure to have known Rich. I played a lot of Saturday morning golf with him and Tom Scallon, and Mike Kennedy. A gentleman.

  28. Were so sorry to hear of Richs passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marge and the whole TeKippe Family. David, Tasha, Marra and Deegan Fitzgerald

  29. Marge Our condolences and prayers go to you and your family. We enjoyed the opportunity knowing and working with Rich.

  30. I never agreed with Rich on politics, but we had many civil discussions at Bridge Club, private house parties, NHGCC or fishing trips over the years. Rich was a nice person who people enjoyed admired for his calm nature. He will be missed by his loving family countless friends admirers from New Hampton around Iowa. You have my deepest sympathy as you morn your loss. May God bless comfort your entire family. Sincerely, Dan Feuling

  31. So sorry for your loss. Have recently explored ancestors due to a mysterious un-postmarked photo postcard found recently. It is addressed only “Miss Josie Iverson” who I believe is my aunt on my fathers side. Based on Jerico church records (1894 – 1932), the girl in the picture (1909) may be my great aunt, Anna B Hildahl Johnson Mettner who would be Richard TeKippes grandmother. Please let me know if interested in a copy of the photo postcard. I can be contacted at 319-270-1947, or jberentsen@mchsi.com.

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