Richard E. Bunge

Richard E. Bunge, age 76, of Beaver Dam and formerly of Belvidere, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Dycora Transitional Health Center in Beaver Dam.


Visitation for Richard will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:50 pm.  Funeral services will follow at the funeral home on Friday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Paul Stratman officiating.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.


Richard Edward was born on August 28, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois to the late Edward and Bertha (Bockelmann) Bunge.  On August 17, 1963, he was united in marriage with Doris Utley at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Addison, IL.  Richard worked several jobs throughout his life including farming, factory, and driving garbage truck.  His hobbies included coon hunting, fishing, gardening, and raising small animals.  Richard played many different card games and especially enjoyed euchre and pinochle.  He was a member of St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.


Survivors include his four children, Brenda Bunge of Lowell, Joanne Bunge of Columbus, Ronald Bunge of Belvidere, IL, and Robert (Judith) Bunge of Watertown; his sister, Donna Penkala of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kayla) Krinke, Timothy Krinke, Samantha Bunge, Kyle Bunge, Kelly (Adam) Magritz, and Jessica Raatz; three great grandchildren, Kammeron, Jayden, Jackson, and a fourth, Harper, on the way; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.


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