Obituary for Richard Pampuch

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Richard “Dick” Pampuch, 88 of Trempealeau, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Mayo Health System in LaCrosse. He was born in Independence on April 9, 1930 to Mary (Gamroth) and Lawrence Pampuch. He graduated from Independence High School in 1948. Richard married Toni Sosalla on June 22, 1957 in Independence.
Dick served in the US Army as a Forward Observer during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from LaCrosse State in 1958 and later received his Master’s degree from St Mary’s College.
Dick began his teaching career in 1959 at Elk Mound High School. In 1961, he came to Trempealeau High School and moved on to G-E-T High School in 1972 as a Science teacher and Cross Country, Girls Basketball and Track coach. After his retirement in 1997, Dick was still active in the High School as a substitute teacher and with afterschool activities.
Dick held the Javelin record at UW-L from 1958 to 1994. He enjoyed Cross Country skiing, bike riding and working in the yard. He was a member of the Towner-Little Bear-Arnold VFW Post 1915 in Trempealeau. A highlight of his later years was to be chosen for the Freedom Honor Flight in 2016.
Dick is survived by his wife Toni; son Jay; daughter Carol Stankey; 4 grandchildren: Brianna, Bridget, Matthew, and Kristen; and 2 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Alfred and Elroy; sister Modesta, and son-in-law Brian Stankey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Trempealeau.officiated by Fr. Antony Joseph with visitation from 9:00 am until time of service.Burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Trempealeau to be followed by Military Honors. Please visit to share online condolences.