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Richard L. Happel - 84

11/5/1935 - 6/2/2020

Clinton, Iowa

     Richard L. Happel age 84 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday June 2, 2020 at his home.  Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life Gathering will be held 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday June 12th at the Pape Funeral Home. At a later date a memorial service will be held.  In Richard’s memory please give memorials to the Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer Association. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

 

     Richard was born on Nov. 5, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, IA, the son of Harold and Lois (Ward) Happel.  He served in the US Air Force from 1954-1958.  He married Betty Knapp on Sept. 4, 1985 in Dubuque, IA.  He was an insurance agent for Allstate Insurance in Clinton for 47 years.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and the First Congregational Church in Clinton.  He was a Boy Scout Troop Leader in both Clinton and Cedar Rapids for many years.  He enjoyed going to swap meets, classic cars, fishing, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

 

     Richard is survived his wife, Betty Happel of Clinton; six children, Penny (Steve) Miller of Chicago, IL, Robert (Lee) Baker of Angola, IN, David (Christine Knoepsel) Baker of Milwaukee, WI, Douglas (Anne) Happel of Connecticut, Robert (Diane) Happel of Ft. Dodge, IA, and Wendy Happel of Marion, IA; eight grandchildren, Emily, Kate, Molly, Jessica, Samantha (Justin), Tara, Alyssa, and Joshua; two brothers, Don (Janice) Happel of Hiawatha, IA and Steve (Syd) Happel of Osage Beach, MO; and a sister, Susan (Roger) Ronsen of Savage, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Gathering of Friends

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life Gathering will be held 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday June 12th at the Pape Funeral Home.

Memorial Service:

At a later date a memorial service will be held.

21 Comments

  • Pam Petersen

    on 06/05/20

    I've never met a more kind man.  He always had a smile on his face.  Dick and Betty were my first insurance agents, and we continue to use the company they introduced me to.  Dick truly cared about his clients, and we still miss them both to this day.  Rest in peace.  

  • BARBETTA BISHOP-REEDY

    on 06/06/20

    He was our Allstate insurance agent, he was the nicest person we had as an agent.  He was the nicest person we had as a friend and Betty too.  He and my father will have talks together up in heaven.  Prayers go out to your family you will be missed.  

  • Karen Ott

    on 06/06/20

    Met Dick as we worked in the Sears store 1973. Truly couldn't have met nicer two people. You two were truly a match made in heaven. Bless you Betty. Think of you!
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Sue Weber Petersen

    on 06/07/20

    So sorry to hear about Dicks passing. He was my insurance man along with my dads for many many years.
  • Cheryl Geerts Jacobs

    on 06/08/20

    Bob and family

    Sorry to hear of your father's passing. You have my condolences.

    Cheryl

  • Wanda and Larry Detterman

    on 06/09/20

    Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. May his soul rest in peace. Dick was a man you were proud to say was your friend. He will be missed in the Clinton community. Betty is also a person that you like to call your friend. God bless you Betty you have been a saint these past years.
  • richard arno

    on 06/27/20

    So sorry to here of Dicks passing he was a nice man you have our condolences 

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