Richard Rudolph “Dick” Knorr, age 71, of Random Lake, Wis., passed away late Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving wife and sister.

He was born July 23, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wis., a son of the late Rev. Carl and Henrietta (Koehler) Knorr.

Richard graduated from Concordia College High School in 1960 and graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown, Wis., in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts.

On Aug. 12, 1967, he married Joan LeFever at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Random Lake. The couple resided in Illinois from 1970 to 2007 and then returned to Random Lake, Wis.

He was employed at the West Bend Co. in 1964 in West Bend, Wis., as a sales correspondent and was transferred to Clarendon Hills, Ill., in 1970 and became sales associate for the company.

After 37 years with the company, he retired in 1997 as the director of Premium and Special Markets.

He served on the Board of Trustees for the Clarendon Heights Fire Department.

From 1997-99 he worked at Emgee/ Clean Tools as vice president of International Sales.

He was a member and elder of Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Batavia, Wis., and also served on the Building Committee for the new fellowship hall.

Richard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, teaching his grandsons to fish and drive the pontoon boat, reading, traveling around the world, watching his favorite team: The Packers, collecting stamps and coins, attending antique car shows and canning dilly beans and mushrooms.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Joan; daughter, Lisa (Greg) Hellmich of Cambridge, Wis.; son, Jason (Renee) Knorr of Downers Grove, Ill.; grandchildren: Jake and Luke Hellmich and Avery, Mason and Declan Knorr; step granddaughter, Michaele Lauren Hellmich; two brothers, Tom (Barb) Knorr of Kewaskum and John (Sherri) Knorr of Random Lake; one sister, Sandy Kelly of Fond du Lac; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Bud Schneider of Beechwood; Phyllis (Peter) Molter of Phelps, Wis.; Pat (Jim) Schmitz of Random Lake and Terry (Holly) LeFever of Slinger; and also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother- and father-in-law, Ralph and Leona LeFever; sister, Mary Schneider and two brothers-in-law, Jack Kelly and John Mueller.

Funeral services were held Sunday evening, May 4, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. Kurt Ziemann, pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

A memorial fund is being established in Richard’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

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