Richard Lee “Dick” Meilahn, age 77 of Plymouth passed away early Friday morning (Nov. 14th, 2014) in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 14 year battle with cancer.

Dick was born on February 7, 1937 in Plymouth, WI to the late Raymond and Edythe Simonis Meilahn.

He attended Plymouth public schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1955. He continued his education at Lakeland College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1959.

On September 20, 1958, Dick married his college sweetheart and the love of his life, Kristine Louise Kaltbrunner in Madison, WI. The couple has resided most of their married lives together in Plymouth and recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Dick was a teacher, principal and coach at Viola, Kiel and Waldo School systems.

He also worked as a supervisor for a die cast company in Sheboygan and was Co- Owner of Main Street Real Estate in Sheboygan Falls.

Most important in his life was his family, Kris, his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed attending their activities.

Dick was a member of Plymouth Jaycees and served as their president. He was currently a 34 year member of the Plymouth Lions Club where he served as president from 1993-1994 and was honored to be the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest award in Lionism.

Dick was a lifelong member of Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth and served as a Sunday school teacher, confirmation leader, member of the consistory and was the founder of the Salem Men’s Coffee Group.

Dick was an avid sportsman and made many lifelong friends while deer hunting, duck hunting and fishing.

He enjoyed hunting, playing cards (especially poker and sheepshead), canoeing, gardening, civil war history, being a Scout leader, traveling, wintering in Orange Beach and spending time in Canada with all his Shore Lunch buddies. Dick enjoyed all the lively discussions at his two coffee groups.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 56 years: Kristine “Krissy” of Plymouth, WI; three children, Peter (Brenda) Meilahn of Stevens Point, WI, Kim Meilahn of Thiensville, WI and Valerie (John) Whitstone of Green Bay, WI, and a foster child: Bettina Bischof of Mesa, AZ. Seven grandchildren include: Ashley Meilahn; Amanda (Tony) Corners; Richard and Anna Meilahn; and Jake, Emily and Rachel Whitstone. Additional family includes: one brother, Mark (Nancy) Meilahn of Greeley, CO and two nieces, Melisa (Don) Moore and Paige (Darryl) Hobbs. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Edythe Meilahn and his Father and Mother-in-law, Karl and Frida Kaltbrunner and one nephew, Brian Meilahn.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday Morning (Nov. 22) at 11:30 A.M. at Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth. Rev. James Hoppert, pastor of the church, will officiate.

Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday Morning (Nov. 22) from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Dick’s name.

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

The family sends special thanks to Dr. Mark Bettag, Cory Jepsen-Hobbs, Dr. Kapur, the wonderful staff of Sheboygan Cancer and Blood Center and St. Nicholas Hospice and Home Care for all your care and kindness. Special thanks also to Kelly Schaefer and her dog Quincy for the comfort he brought to Dick especially for the last two years.

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