Obituary for Henry "Dick" Horstman

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On the morning of January 19, 2017, surrounded by family in his home of 45 years, Dick Horstman departed this life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bidding “Auf Wiedersehen“to family, friends, and acquaintances.
Born Henry Richard Horstman on October 19, 1945 in LaCrosse, WI to Henry (Hank) Deutrich Wilhelm and Leona Rose (Loomis) Horstman, Dick was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He graduated with the class of 1963 from Luther High School in Onalaska then continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. In 1965 he employed with G.Heileman Brewing Co. in LaCrosse and, with the exception of a two-year interruption, retired from Heilmans after 46 years of service.
On the eve of January 7, 1967 at Trinity Lutheran Church in LaCrosse, Dick wed Nancy Suzanne Eilertson of La Crosse. After living in LaCrosse four years, Dick and Nancy moved to West Salem, into the Gills Coulee house they built – from footing to roof – with help from family. It was here that they raised their children – four sons and one daughter – fostering a love and commitment to family, nature, and strong ethics. Their home was a space for extended mealtimes, teasing humor, unhurried conversations, and many memories. After Nancy’s passing in 2008, Dick spent time in his wood shop and took up out-of-state pheasant hunting with his sons and grandchildren.
On August 17, 2013 at the Wegner Grotto in Cataract, Dick wed Renee Schroeder of West Salem. Both retired and spent time traveling to the east and west of the United States, the Smokey mountains being a favorite, and hosting parties and holiday gatherings.
Throughout his entire life, Dick was never an idle man. From keeping his home and vehicles in top shape to time spent at night school to engaging in personal hobbies, he pursued each endeavor with passion and precision. Hecompleted programs in machining, boiler repair, and blacksmithing and was constantly reading and studying the world around him. Dick was a consummate learner who was always looking for some way it could be done rather than give up and admit that it couldn’t.
Dick’s greatest enjoyment and pride was his family. He hosted multitudes of get-togethers and holidays; his kitchen table was a home for countless family visits. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting turkeyswith his father and deer, pheasants and ducks with his children and grandchildren. His woodworking lovewas understood by all who crossed his path, and anyone aware of his portfolioof products realizedthat creating from wood was something at which he excelled.
In a lifetime of teaching his children how to build and fix things, the only thing that he failed to educate on was how to fix the void we feel now! DAD, you are already missed. “Auf Wiedersehen” – Until We Meet Again.
Remaining on earth to honor the memory of Henry Richard are his wife Renee Horstman. sister Nancy Ann Bowman, brothers Douglas (Kathy) and Greg (Tahera) Horstman. Children Chad (Shelly) Horstman, Kevin (Karen) Horstman, Aaron (Liz) Horstman, Karl (Carrie) Horstman and Tamara (Peter) Riphahn. Stepchildren Lisa (Alex) Castillo, Shelly (Tom) Lawrynk, Trisha (Chad) Hampton and Shawn (Katie) Scherer. Grandchildren Rachel, Dietrick, Robert, Joshua, Molly, Katherine, Jordan, William and Lucas Horstman, Leo and Anya Riphahn. Step Grandchildren Antonio and Alexa Castillo, Claudia and Kiera Dorado, Bri Hampton, Haley Scherer as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and family.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Horstman, parents Hank and Leona Horstman, Father and Mother-in-law Robert and Phyllis Eilertson and Great-granddaughter Prima Ann Horstman.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 500 Park Street, West Salem. The Reverend Gaylen Riediger will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse, and again at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at