Richard Ihde (1929 - 2012) .
Green Bay Press-Gazette .
John Richard Ihde, age 82, of Oconto, entered into his Lord's rest on
Saturday, April 14, after a brief illness with cancer. John was born on
23, 1929 to the late John A. and Lillie Ihde. John was blessed with a
healthy & active life, raising a large family and enjoying the
land with his
wife, Charlotte, of 58 years.
John graduated from Oconto High School in 1947. He first met his bride,
Charlotte Fay Draeger, while on horseback; they enjoyed competing in
shows together and were both talented western riders. They were wed on
30, 1953. John built the house on the dairy farm where they raised
children: John, Laura, Virginia, Penny, David & Tina. He lived
to enjoy his
24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
John was involved in many community activities, service groups and
leadership positions including the Oconto School Board, NFO (National
Farmers Organization), 4-H, the former Trinity Lutheran Church, First
American Lutheran Church and many others.
John retired in 1993 and remained active throughout his later years. He
loved to fish and camp with Charlotte; they attended folk music
where she would often join in. He liked to spend time in his workshop
out in the woods with his 4-wheeler & chainsaw. He shot pool,
bingo at McDonalds, enjoyed campfires, large family picnics, making the
rounds in his pick up truck (often with his dog) and most of all
smart." John lived a life marked by generosity, honesty, hard work and
common sense. He had a keen sense of humor, a diverse breadth of
(particularly with building and fixing things) and a great love and
for his family.
John was the youngest of four children. He is preceded in death by his
parents, brother Raymond and step-mother Veronica Ihde. He is survived
his sisters Carol (Leo) Dumke, of Peshtigo and Glendora Hoeper of
John is survived by his wife, Charlotte of 58 years and six children:
(Tama) Ihde of Suamico; Laura (David) Olson of Lena; Ginny (Steve)
Portland, OR; Penny (Eric) Seaberg of Middleton, WI; David (Renee) Ihde
Minneapolis, MN; and Tina (John) Heimerman of Green Bay. John is
24 grandchildren: McKenna Ihde, Carli Ihde, Natalee Ihde; Daniel
Olson, Bethany (Nelson) Brubaker, Leah Olson, Johanna (Marcus)
Sara Olson, Kristina Olson, John Olson, Lydia Olson; Jessica (Nate)
Luke Parker, John Parker, Joseph Parker; Anna Seaberg, Stina Seaberg,
Seaberg; Tony (Jenny) Hessberg, Ian Ihde, Evan Ihde, Emily Ihde; Alex
Heimerman, Bennett Heimerman; and 13 great-grandchildren. John is also
survived by a large extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews.
will be greatly missed by family and a multitude of friends.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral
Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Visitation will
Wednesday, April 18 from 10 to 11 AM at the First American Lutheran
Oconto. Memorial services will be conducted 11 AM Wednesday at the
with the Rev. Mary Zupansic officiating. The Gallagher Funeral Home,
is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at
The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to the very loving and
staff members of Unity Hospice.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to First American Lutheran
or Bread By the Bay food pantry.
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