Richard P. TeKippe
February 24, 1940 ~ August 15, 2020
Richard Paul TeKippe, 80, of New Hampton passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. Services will broadcast on our FaceBook page. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 6:30 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Community School in New Hampton, St. Croix Hospice or a charity of your choice. Richard was born on February 24, 1940, to Paul and Velma (Mettner) TeKippe in New Hampton. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Loras College, Dubuque in 1961 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa Law School, Iowa City in 1964. He was an avid Chickasaw and Hawkeye fan his entire life. Richard met the love of his life, Margaret “Marge” (Fitzgerald), in high school and their love story began with their February 14, 1955, Sweetheart Dance and they never stopped dancing. They wed on June 11, 1960, in Lourdes. Their union created five children and many grandchildren, each of them great. Richard valued empathy, service, and giving back to his community. He served as an Assistant County Attorney in Dubuque and was elected to several terms as Chickasaw County Attorney. He was an active leader, teammate, and often officer and president of many organizations he cared deeply about; including the Chickasaw County, Iowa, and American Bar associations and the Iowa County Attorneys Association, the New Hampton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Lions Club, Jaycees, St. Joseph’s Parish Council, United Way Board, and the St. Joe’s Choir. Richard loved his family and friends, singing, dancing, boating and fishing, playing bridge and euchre, and plenty of golf. He and Marge traveled the world, from Alaska to New Orleans, Hawaii to New York and Mexico, from Seattle to Paris and Rome. But they always came home to New Hampton and their beloved Chickasaws. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Velma, and daughter, Laura. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Margaret, sons Jeff, Joe (Jeanne), John (Sherri), Jim (Stephanie), grandchildren Paul, Michael, JR, Hannah, Gerene, Richard, Madison, and Nick, and great grandson Elliott, and the many family and friends whom he cared so deeply about.