Richard “Dick” C. Weber, January 18, 1934 - February 8, 2018

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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.

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  1. Ken Montanye February 16, 2018

    I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I taught with him for many years at Memorial, and had many wonderful moments of fun and laughter when he was in the group. He was everything a teacher should be - knowledgeable, hard-working, and kind. And...he sure could be a stitch when the mood needed lightening! Kindest sympathies to his loved ones.

  2. Ron Zimmerman February 15, 2018

    "Well Done my Good and Faithful Servant"

    Dear Maxine and Family,
    I pray that God will give you the strength to endure your loss and know that he is in a better place.

    In the fall of 1957 a small introverted pimple faced 15 year old with protruding ears was blessed with a rookie homeroom and English Teacher. For the next three years we started each school day together and his compassion and encouragement helped build my self worth and confidence. I am sure he had his own set of fears to overcome but they didn't seem to affect his desire to grow his students. End result was in 1960 I left more prepared to face the future. I am sure there were many more like me throughout the years.
    In 2015 our paths crossed again when both of you blessed us with your presence at our 55th class reunion. We had a pleasant visit and I was reminded of the great compassionate, dedicated person that gave it all he had.
    My prayer is that God will greet him with love so he can take his place in the "Heavenly Band".

    "Peace be with You always"

    Ron Zimmerman , Class of 1960

  3. Nate Oberholtzer February 15, 2018

    I worked with Dick at the AmericInn for the better part of five years. He was always joking and full of energy. He had something to teach us everyday. It was a pleasure working with him. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  4. Candy (Walter) Ziebell February 15, 2018

    My deepest sympathies to you, Maxine, and your family. I remember the times at Wagners when you and Dick were bowling with mom and dad. He always made us laugh.

  5. Tracy (Topping) Kebhart February 15, 2018

    "Web" was the nicest teacher, always with a smile on his face. He was encouraging to shy introverted me to be involved in theatre even if not in the forefront. I think just about every kid who passed through those halls thought he cared about them. My condolences to his wife, family, and friends! We have all lost a great man!

  6. Jack & Linda Corey February 14, 2018

    So sad to know that Dick is gone! We saw the death notice for Richard C. Weber, but both thought that can't be the Richard Weber we know because he isn't that old --is he?!
    He was so young at heart and also had a 'heart for the young', so I think that is why we thought he couldn't have aged that much yet. Max--we are saddened to think you have lost your lifelong partner. We will be holding you in prayer. Stephanie and Teresa--we know you are mourning the loss of such a loving dad and grandfather.
    We wish we could be there to hug you all on Saturday, but Jack is already in Texas and I fly south tomorrow to join him. We are moving my mom to Wisconsin and won't be home until Monday or Tuesday. We will be holding you in prayer and remembering fun times and all your kindnesses to us when we were young and starting out in life. Patrick, in particular asked me to express his condolences to you all when we spoke last night. He remembers Dick fondly.

  7. Nancy Johnson Bugni February 14, 2018

    Mr. Weber was a great drama adviser; we would enjoy watching him dramatically "walk" down the hall in his spirited way. He was also a fair teacher with high expectations for his students. [My father, Allen Johnson, also respected him as a colleague with a great sense of humor!]
    The Class of 1965 has lost Mr. Gallagher, Miss Ulrich, and now Mr. Weber May they all be remembered fondly.

  8. Sharon Heinz February 14, 2018

    It is with sorrow I learned of the death of Dick Weber. It also brings many happy memories of his inspiring leadership, sense of humor and patience as he directed the Service League in their fundraiser shows. I was part of Lil Abner, Music Ma and South Pacific under his able direction. It was a pleasure to know him and see also his impact on the fortunate students who came into his sphere over the years. My sincere condolences to his family.

  9. Patrick Mattson February 14, 2018

    There are not many teachers from my K-12 experience that I remember. One was Mrs. Holtorf, my first grade teacher and the other is Mr. Weber from Sophomore English. Even though it was 1966-67 some 50+ years ago I can still see him at the front of the classroom on second floor of Memorial High. One thing that stood out to me was his kind and giving nature, he always had time for us students, no matter who you were. I ended up teaching college and would like to think that Dick was one of my role models for learning the profession. RIP Web, you have earned your eternal reward. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  10. Phillip and Barbara Fey February 14, 2018

    Our prayers and sympathy are with Dick’s dear family.
    We are blessed to have known him.
    Memories of his wonderful smile and genuine friendship will always be with us.
    With love to Maxine and family,
    Phillip and Barbara Fey

  11. Ken Ripp February 14, 2018

    I would like to offer my sympathy and comfort to Dick's wife and family. Special thoughts go to Stephanie and Randy as I remember them well as former students. Dick was a gentle, engaging person and I enjoyed visiting with him at lunch or wherever at Memorial. He possessed a quiet wisdom that I admired. Sorry I can't make it to the visitation but know that I hold each of you in my thoughts and prayers. Ken Ripp

  12. Tami (Wold) Schraufnagel February 14, 2018

    "Web" was an inspiration and a delight as a educator, coach and partner in crime. I look back at the halls of Memorial High School and our little theatre as well as the main stage and the chaos exuberent thespians inspired. Web kept us all in line and created a love of arts in many young student.

  13. Lori Mickelson Hegarty February 14, 2018

    Great Drama Coach! Anything Goes, Nut Cracker, Circus, On the Town, just to name a few. Thanks Mr Weber, Prayers for your family's healing... You're the Top - Break A Leg!

  14. Jane Dressel (Brinkman) February 13, 2018

    My favorite teacher EVER! Keep smiling Web, I will never forget you !

    Jane Brinkman Dressel
    (1965)

  15. Judy Wilson Lien February 13, 2018

    Dear Max and family, "Mr. Weber" will always be remembered as a great teacher, mentor, guide, and friend. I remember and cherish the memories of the productions "Westside Story", "Wizard of Oz", and especially "The Ladies of the Mop" AND the times we would sit on stage laughing (his infectious laugh) and talking. "Webb" thank you for sharing with us all.

  16. Karen L. Stein Johnson February 13, 2018

    Maxine and Family, So very sorry to hear about Web,Mr. Weber to me as a student. He was such a joy to all in my class'62. Everyone who even passed him in the halls loved him he opened the mines to the arts. His English class was alway fun. He will be missed.

  17. Karen Hall Mattson February 13, 2018

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Weber. I learned so much from him while taking his classes. He was a wonderful and kind man. He made coming to school fun.

  18. Paulette A. Ponick February 12, 2018

    Deepest sympathies for the loss of an unforgettable teacher. "Web" inspired so many of us to excel far beyond our wildest imaginings by heartfelt encouragement, (painfully) honest critiques and above all, role modeling of what it meant to set high standards and strive for one's personal best. Love and regards to Max and the family.

  19. Patrice Gjerning February 12, 2018

    All my high school experience is wrapped up like a present with heartfelt memories of the effervescent, invincible, and lovable Mr. Weber. What a treasure for all of us fortunate enough to be taken under his wing in the amazing theatre department he engineered. He connected with students profoundly; taught us everything about production and lifted us all up beyond ourselves. What a magical spirit he is - I am so sorry to hear this sad news.

  20. Randy Mastin February 12, 2018

    Dick was hilarious, fun and one of a kind. He will be missed. I have a lot of fun memories as a new teacher at Memorial and bowling league where he was always the life of every party, outrageous and fun. Live life to the fullest!! My sympathies to the family and for the loss of such a great person.

  21. Pam (Johnson) Neitzke February 12, 2018

    Dear Max, Sincere sympathy to you from our family. The friendship and love Dick and you showed many years ago in our time of need have never been forgotten. I have great memories from more than fifty years ago. Dick was a wonderful teacher who inspired hundreds of young people. Such a gifted person. Blessings to you and your family.

  22. Maureen and Jon Homstad February 12, 2018

    We are sorry to learn of the passing of Dick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dick was a great creative teacher and loved by many students and teachers at Memorial. He will be missed by many who have known him.
    Maureen and Jon Homstad

  23. Tammy Eckert February 11, 2018

    Thank you Mr. Weber for my love of literature! You brought Shakespeare and Greek mythology to life for so many students. A treasure that will be missed here on earth but will be found in your new adventures. My best to your family.

  24. Lila Stevens Chamberlain February 11, 2018

    My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Mr. Weber will always be remembered as a great teacher to all of us. Thank you Mr. Weber for being one of those who really cared. Memorial Class of 1967 wishing you God's speed to your everlasting resting place.

  25. Steve Thomas February 11, 2018

    Dick peeled back the curtain of life and the arts; and allowed us to view a world of wonder, drama and comedy. He gave us a lifelong appreciation of the theater; and importantly...the ability to think and act with character, joy, and respect. God speed Mr. Weber.

  26. Laurie Forcier February 10, 2018

    Dick was one of the wonderful characters we had the pleasure of knowing growing up. He was a treasure, that could not be matched in Directing Drama, Musicals, and teaching. I loved his joy, his sense of humor and how much he liked us - his kids in High School. He really loved his profession, and no one was better at what he did. I am so happy I was able to be a part of several plays and musicals while at Memorial. To be a part of something of excellence, and perfection that he directed will always be a dear memory in my, and our lives. We are all very saddened. He was one of a kind, and so very beloved by his students. So very sorry for your loss.

  27. Penny Bechel February 10, 2018

    “web” was my favorite teacher in high school‼️ Being an introvert, drama class taught me to open up and do more than I thought I could, I still remember much of theater history that I learned from him. He will be greatly missed.

  28. Brian Kinney February 10, 2018

    I'm truly sorry for your loss. Dick was my favorite teacher.

  29. Connie Mittelstadt Fowler February 10, 2018

    Dear Max and girls. Dick was the most wonderful teacher, friend and remodels I had in my life. I always wanted to be the kind of teacher he was. I pray for you in this time of sorrow. The world will be a less fun place without Dick in it. All my love, hugs and prayers are with you.

  30. Sue Moore February 9, 2018

    Web was such a wonderful man. Taught me a lot during my high school years. He will surely be missed by many. God Speed Web!

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