Richard “Dick” Biehl
Richard “Dick” Biehl, 90, Lake Mills, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Lake Mills Care Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, at Salem Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, with Pastor Joel Guttormson and Pastor Christopher Martin officiating. Dick’s family will greet friends and other family members one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Military presence by Lake Mills Otto/Chose American Legion Post #235. Inurnment will take place at Salem Memorial Cemetery, Lake Mills.
Richard Harry Biehl was born Dec. 23, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., to Edward and Mathilda (Heun) Biehl. He graduated from Christ (elementary) School and Luther Institute (now Luther High School North). Following graduation, he served for a short time in the U.S. Army, as World War II was ending. Upon his return, he was employed by the Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago, until his retirement.
He married Gladys Wogen at Bethel Lutheran Church, June 16, 1956, his home congregation and where Gladys was employed as a parish worker. A daughter was born to them (with much rejoicing), Janice Elaine.
Singing was his joy, and he sang with his church choir for many years. He was president of Bethel Lutheran Church Congregation, Normennenes Singing Society, Scandinavian-American Culture Society and Norwegian National League. He was a board member of the Bethesda Home for the Aged and served on a number of community committees. Several times, he was a delegate to the church’s district conventions. One of his achievements he was proud of was “Surviving the Flambeau”, a rafting, canoeing, overland-trekking test.
In 1996, he moved with his wife Gladys to Lake Mills, Gladys’ hometown, to be closer to family, Jan, Greg, Lauren and Kris, who had moved here.
Leaving to mourn, but with gratitude for the time with beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are his wife, Gladys; daughter, Janice (Greg); grandchildren: Lauren (Bart) and Kris; and great-grandchildren: Phinneas, Rowen and Asher; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.