Richard L. Chase

Date of Death: Aug 14, 2016
Richard L. Chase

1945 - 2016

Richard L. “Dick” Chase, 71, of Waupun, and most recently Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center of Fond du Lac, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dick was born January 14, 1945 in Berlin, WI to Lloyd and Alice Lloyd Chase. Dick grew up in the Berlin and Waupun areas, and graduated from Waupun High School in 1963. His formative years instilled in him the values of hard work and taking time to enjoy the great outdoors. On July 10, 1965 Dick married Janice Vande Zande and together they raised three beautiful girls. His career in the telephone industry spanned 35 years with Wisconsin Bell, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies from which he retired in 1999. In his spare time Dick loved to hunt, fish, garden, and camp with his family.

Dick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jan; his daughters and their families: Paula (Kevin) Niedling, and Kurtis and Briana of Ballwin, MO, Deanna (Norm) Pratt, Sammi and AJ Pratt, Ashlyn and Karissa O’Steen of Muskego, and Stacey (Kevin) Beekman, Ryan Chase, and Brady Beekman of Waupun; his mother, Alice Chase; sister, Jeanne (Wayne) Ver Hage; and brother, Gary (Suzanne) Chase, all of Waupun; brother-in-law, Larry (Sue) Vande Zande of Milwaukee; aunts; an uncle; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd; mother and father-in-law, Roger and Lydia Vande Zande; brother-in-law, Kenneth Kraemer; sister-in-law, Jeanne Vande Zande; and nephew, Jeffrey Hoople.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Werner- Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Richard Chase will be held Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. David Knuth officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank Dick’s extended family at Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation for their devoted care of Dick for the past three years and the staff of the 5th floor at St. Agnes Hospital in his final days. All of these people are truly angels on earth.

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  1. Chantel Grimm Says: August 15, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I want to send my deepest condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know your Dad but I know how truly heartbreaking it is to watch Alzheimer’s take your father from you. You are in my prayers.

  2. Sally (Chase) Resop Says: August 15, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure he is much happier where he is now. Peace at last. Please remember all the good times. It will help in the coming weeks and years.

  3. Susan Hettenhaus Says: August 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I am truly sorry for you all. I really want to be there to give you all a big hug and tell you in person. I’m afraid I won’t be able to get a flight out that quickly. I apologize.
    Uncle Dick was always to me “the Marlboro man.” Truly rugged and I always knew to behave myself around him. I have fond memories that I will cherish always. I know you all have many happy memories. I know you have all suffered as this horrible disease took your husband and father. May God bless you all and send his angles to comfort you and give you peace. I feel in my heart he is in heaven enjoying fishing and hunting and the outdoors.
    Love, Susan

  4. Venita Matheus Says: August 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Dear Jan and Family: I was so sad to hear about the loss of Dick to you and your family. I will always remember our card games, camping trips and all the fun times we had. May God be with you in the days ahead and always. Venita (Tuel) Matheus

  5. Barbara Grams Thomas Says: August 17, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Sincere sympathy to your family.

  6. Mary J Vande Zande Says: August 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. In your many years shared with Dick I am sure you have lots of wonderful moments to remember. Now he is in a better place and in comfort with no struggle. God’s blessing to you and family. Mary (Grams) Vande Zande

  7. Chuck Schimming Says: August 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I would like to extend my condolences to Dick’s family. I worked with him when he worked for Wisconsin Bell. He was always one of the good guys.

    Chuck Schimming

  8. Don & Eveline Flater Says: August 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Janice and girls. Alice, Jeanne. Gary and all your families. I am so sorry for your loss. Dick knows now again how much he is loved, even though he might not have remembered the last few years on this earth, God gave him his freedom back. Love you all and many hugs.
    Don and Evi

  9. Barb and Zing Says: August 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    so sorry for your loss Jan remember fun times at the Legion with all of u Thoughts and prayers.
    Barb and Tom Zingsheim

  10. Karen Gabathuler Benedict Says: August 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Alice and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I think of you often and the good times I always had with Lloyd. It was always great to see the family at the health care center. I miss you guys. The angels are watching over you and all your family and will provide comfort. Nice family album.

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