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Richard “Dick” C. Weber

Richard “Dick” C. Weber

February 8, 2018

Richard “Dick” C. Weber, age 84, of Eau Claire passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, February 8, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital. 

He was born January 18, 1934 in Burlington, Iowa to Bertha and Clayton Weber.  He graduated from La Crosse Central and then he attended and graduated from La Crosse State College where he was involved in numerous musicals and productions.  Gosh could this man DANCE, but please don’t ask him to sing.  He was then drafted into the Army and served 2 years where he was stationed in Germany.

In 1957 he was hired by the Eau Claire School District to teach English and Drama at Memorial High School.  He directed drama for 27 years and impacted many young students with the passion of song and dance.  Over the years, he directed productions at Micki Foster’ dinner theater, Eau Claire Service League, and too numerous to mention productions at Memorial High School.  Some of his most memorable were “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Westside Story”, “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”, and he even took the chance and put on a full three ring Circus.  He was grateful for all the students and their talents in every production he put on.  You made him look good!  In 1976, Richard and his wife, Maxine co-chaired the bicentennial parade in beautiful Eau Claire and in 1997 he was awarded the mentor and teacher of the year award.

Dick’s most memorable quality was how he impacted his students.  He understood that kids learn differently and developed varying teaching styles to share the passion for books and writing.  He worked tirelessly to develop a sense of connection, value and belonging to as many students as he could.  He was especially gifted at being a mentor and friend to those who needed compassion and a sense of direction during their teenage years.  After retiring from drama, he continued to teach English for his remaining years and after 35 years at Memorial High School, we are proud to say he graduated into retirement in 1991!

After retiring from teaching he continued to read 2 - 3 books per week, cheer on his grandkids at all their sporting activities and other events, garden, travel, spend time with family and friends and worked 10 years at the AmericInn in Eau Claire.  He again used his natural charisma to connect with the guests and his co-workers and develop a sense of camaraderie with everyone he met.  

He is survived by the love of his life of 59 years, Maxine A. Weber and their two daughters, Stephanie (Randy) Lueck and Teresa (Steve) LaBerge and 5 of the most awesome and beloved grandchildren - Jonathan Larson, Alex and Maggie Lueck, and Bailey and Benji LaBerge.  His sister, Judy Larsen (well known for her charleston moves with Dick) and her children, Christina (Mike) Amble and their son Jacob and Doug (Beth) Larsen and their kids Ava and Paige. Brother-in-law and beloved friend, Don Hanson.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Clayton who welcomed him home with loving arms on February 8th, 2018 and brother-in-law Edward Larsen. 

Dick will be missed by us all, but his impact on our lives will never be forgotten!

Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Don Meuret officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services from 4-7 pm.  There will be no public visitation on Saturday at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Richard's name to the American Cancer Society or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 from 4-7 pm. There will be no public visitation at the church on Saturday, February 17, 2018 prior to the service.

Service

Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eau Claire with Father Don Meuret officiating.