Richard ‘Dick’ Robert Tischaefer 

March 11, 1928 – May 19, 2014

Richard “Dick” Robert Tischaefer, went to our Lord in Heaven on Monday, May 19, 2014. Heaven is a busy place now that God has reunited Dick with so many friends and family.

Dick was born on March 11, 1928, in Pewaukee, to Alex and Carrie Tischaefer.

Dick wasn't the only one born that day, as he has a twin brother named Bill.

Dick grew up in Pewaukee hunting, fishing and helping his family make ends meet. His family included two sisters and two brothers. On occasion and as one might expect, he and his twin brother may have gotten into trouble a time or two.

Dick joined the US Army in January 1946 and served during World War II in Germany. Upon his return to the United States, he continued his service to his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged and his service medals include the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. Dick worked hard as a carpenter for most of his life and could build anything. His talent and experience allowed him to design and build things in his dreams before even touching a piece of wood.

He built church furniture, desks, cabinets, bank teller counters, houses, buildings, and could remodel anything you wanted. While living in Vernon Township, he was not only a good neighbor to friends and a part-time farmer, but he taught four kids and their friends to respect the gifts that God bestows upon us.

When not working, Dick thoroughly enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Dick was once married to Judith Stewart.

Dick remodeled a place in the woods to spend time with his late companion, Virginia Kranz. Dick enjoyed the peacefulness of that place, and took great pleasure watching all of the animals that entertained him while living there.

Most important, Dick believed in God; provided trusted friendship where needed; taught respect for all; exemplified duty, honor and country; and a role model for all that is good in the world.

Dick’s family includes: sister Lois Tischaefer of Sussex; twin brother Bill (Joyce) Tischaefer of Sussex; sister Carol Clark of Tuscon, Ariz.; sons Rick (Chris) Tischaefer of Butte, N.D., and Jeff (Dawn) of Omro; daughter Lee (Rick) Bialczak of Fairfield, Mont.; grandchildren, Rick (Shana) Tischaefer, Jacqui Bialczak Rivera, James (Jessica) Bialczak and Blair Tischaefer; great-grandchildren, Alex and Grace Tischaefer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Carrie Tischaefer; brother Henry Tischaefer; brother-in-law Hank Clark; son Michael Tischaefer; and companion Virginia Kranz.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will follow at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at Vernon Center Cemetery at 10:00 AM with full military honors.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at