Richard “Dick” Keul, 77, passed away on November 1, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare St. Mary's Hospital. Born February 15, 1933, in Kenosha, he was the son of Clarence and Eunice (nee: Knutson) Keul.
On September 12, 1953, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Kenosha, Dick was united in marriage to Mary Laura DeRango. They were the proud parents of two daughters, Sharon and Susan Keul. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Racine. Dick grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1951. He served his country in the United States Army from 1953 until 1956. He was assigned to the Old Guard Regiment and served as a Presidential Honor Guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhauer. His wife, Mary Laura was also with Dick in Washington, D.C. and was employed by the Health, Education, and Welfare Department.
Dick was employed from 1956 until 1994 at Wisconsin Natural Gas Company. He joined the workforce as a Laborer in the Kenosha District and retired as the District Manager of Kenosha, Racine, and Oak Creek. He belonged to many associations and clubs as well as serving on boards or committees involving civic and utility business. He enjoyed his friendships with colleagues doing service work as a Kenosha Rotarian, 306 Club, Kenosha Country Club, and Elks Club. He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood Lodge 14 of Kenosha and also a member of the Roma Lodge of Racine. Dick loved to travel both in the United States and abroad. He was interested and involved in the sports world. He participated in many sports and cherished his many friendships with a lot of "buddies" and team mates. He played a lot of golf with his friends in golf leagues and also with his wife and couples groups.
Dick will always be remembered as a warm and generous person with an engaging sense of humor and a quick wit. He loved to tell jokes and when Dick told a joke everyone tuned in and the joy of laughter lit up the room. As his father before him, Dick carried a lifelong love for the great outdoors. He enjoyed working in his yard and tending to his flower garden. His loyalty for the care of the birds in his yard is to be admired. He often told his daughters, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." His family and friends whose lives he touched will miss Dick. He left this world a better place than he found it. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sharon in 1983.
Funeral services were held on November 5, 2010 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Racine. Private interment followed in the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, Union Grove.