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Richard K Knueppel

May 7, 2019 | 9 comments

Richard K Knueppel Age 81, of La Crosse, Passed away peacefully on May 5, 2019 at home.

He was born on February 27, 1938, in Milwaukee to William and Elaine Knueppel. He married Julie Burr and they later divorced.  He has spent the last 33 years with his significant other, Faith Cunningham.

He graduated from Central High School and retired from Bauer Electric in Winona MN where he was the office manager.  He loved to bowl and he threw the first ever 700 series at the Showboat Lanes and was in the 700 Club.  He enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and had many great memories and stories of attending the Ice Bowl with his Father, where they watched the game from the 50 yard line.   He was a member of the Musky Club and was proud of his 52” Musky mount. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and loved anything sweet. There was always room for desert.

Richard is survived by, Faith Cunningham; his sister, Carol Ebner; his son, Kevin (Dodie) Knueppel; and his daughter, Sue (Wayne) Knueppel; grandchildren, Nick Knueppel and Adam (Nikki) Knueppel, Joey (Krystal) Casper and Todd (Samantha) Casper; Faith’s children, Darin (Leslie) Cunningham, Deb (Jeff) Marquez and Dawn Cunningham; great grandchildren, Lullaby, Marli, Isla, Lucy, Malcolm, Jake, Alyssa, Dylan, Sami, Kaleab and Jada; and  many relatives and friends; as well as and his beloved dog Whisper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elaine and brother-in-law Jack Ebner.

Special Thank you to Faith for sacrificing so much to keep our Dad at home.  Thank you to Dr. Bassing and her Nurses for their wonderful care, as well as Gundersen Hospice and Dick’s many caretakers. He truly appreciated each and every one of you for all of your special care.

Private family services were held on Tuesday May 7th at Christ Is Lord Free Lutheran Church in Onalaska with Pastor Jonathan Unverszagt officiating.



  1. Julie Snitker

    Faith and family, I have worked with Faith for years and I have always enjoyed the times my path crossed with Dick. When stopping in to visit Faith he would be enjoying the outdoors or going out to eat with them both. I know he will be so missed by all. I pray the memories will bring you comfort and peace of God be upon you all at this difficult time until you reunite in heaven. Blessings!

  2. Lynette Neumann

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  3. Paul Brieske

    Condolences to my high school friend Kevin and family. Paul

  4. Faye Goldsmith

    Kevin I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Sending you and your family good thoughts and prayers.

  5. Karen Ferring

    Kevin, my sympathy to you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  6. Chris Kiel

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dick’s family and Faith. I so enjoyed visiting with Dick while cutting his hair for so many years. Missed you both so much after my retirement. Many hugs to you and take care I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Jim Hansen

    Faith, Sue, Kevin and family. I was very sad to hear of D icks passing. We have been friends for 65+years anr Dick will be missed.

  8. Brian Eck

    Kevin and Dodie – My thoughts are with you at this time of loss. May you and your families live in peace.

  9. Linse Temte

    Dear Faith and family of Dick:
    We learned of Dick’s passing in the La Crosse Tribune and sent a card – which was returned to us today. So sorry for the delay in letting you know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Linse and Dick were friends for 60 + years and counted Dick as the original groupie of the Monotones Barbershop Quartet. So many happy memories!!!
    With our love and deepest sympathy,
    Linse & Nancy Temte
    Naples FL

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