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Richard Proksch 1947 - 2013
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September 10, 2013
Deb,
I just saw notice of Dick's passing. My prayers go out to you and your family. Dick holds a warm spot in my heart. When we worked together at the University of Maryland, the pharmacy department went through a rough transition, and Dick was a rock. He was so unflappable! He and I spent about 5 days together touring around central Europe after we had the opportunity to go to Germany as part of a continuing pharmacy education team for the US Army near Heidelberg. We had a lot of laughs, learned a thing or two, and became good friends. It was my first trip abroad, and, in his usual manner, he exuded calm control and a "steady-as-she-goes" approach to the few challenges we faced. I haven't seen or spoken with him much lately, but I will miss him. God bless you. Peace.
Paul
August 22, 2013
Jennifer, I am sorry to hear about your loss, I am sorry to send my condolences so late, my husband was in the hospital, please know that I was praying for you and your boys, may you find peace and confort in the Lord.
August 21, 2013
Debi,
I'm so sorry to hear about Dick's passing; you and he were a great couple. I was thinking about him last month when we went to see Frankie Valli, (a real oldy), but I knew the words. Back in the day he & I went to the Inner Harbor to see the PLATTERS, & he knew all the words! Such an enjoyable time. I hope you and your family find peace & comfort in the near future. My heartfelt condolences,
Cleve Yee
August 13, 2013
Deb, I am so sad to hear the news about Dick. We were all residents together at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore and I can still see him in his "whites". He was a good mentor for Steve Allen and myself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
August 13, 2013
Like others, I worked with Dick at Salem Hospital. Among my memories is his precariously piled high desk, in which he could amazingly find whatever I was referencing, and a meeting in the administrative conference room with his "cheese head" on! He was a generous spirit. I am glad to have experienced his smile in retirement recently.
August 13, 2013
Deb,so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I am thinking and praying for you and your family at this time. Dick was a Senior Resident in the pharmacy at U. MD Hospital and was exremely helpful to me and Deb Naccarto. His caring ways, his dedication to the profession and his sense of humor were always evident and I was fortunate to have Dick as a friend and colleague. May you find comfort in the memories of a great life together.
August 03, 2013
Deb, that was a nice service I wish it did not need to be. We saw Dick and Jen and boys at Volcanos game and had a nice visit. One of Ben's trips to hospital, Dick came to visit him. He was a wonderful man and together you are a wonderful family.
Ben and Bev
August 02, 2013
I, like so many, worked with Dick at Salem Hospital and remember his smile and kindness. My deepest sympathy. You will be in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Beth Nevue
August 02, 2013
Deb that was a beautiful collection of photographs. Thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy. Sincerely Ann Warren-Bocci
August 02, 2013
I worked with Dick at Salem Hospital, always so friendly and happy. I learned about the "deep fried" cheese curds from Dick, had to try them on my first trip to Wisconsin. Dick was great fun to travel with. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
August 01, 2013
Debi,

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dick. He will be missed by all. He was a wonderful person.
Sincerely,
Roger & Thelma Nelson
August 01, 2013
Jennifer and family...
I know your dad through working at Salem Hospital. He was very special, always available with a happy hello every morning I saw him. You carry his quality as I see you on Sundays with your boys, always sharing a special smile and hello as you walk by or visit me at Salem Vineyard Cafe. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 01, 2013
Though words cannot touch the pain of losing him, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel the love and embrace from those around you who's hearts break as well.
July 31, 2013
Deb and family- I worked with Dick at Salem Hospital for 5 years. We shared many stories of our families and our shared travel plans for retirement.
I am so glad he was able to enjoy his travels and his family.
May God bless you . Remember the wonderful memories and pull them out when are feeling lost.
July 31, 2013
During our years in high school, Richard was always fun to be around, whether we were in band or just being teens. Richard was the kind of person always remembered over the years with fondness by those who knew him...he had the natural propensity for making people feel they were special.
July 31, 2013
Deb and family -- Even tho we can't be there with you, we want you to know that Joe and I are thinking about all of you, Take Care and know that we Love you Uncle Joe and Aunt Verna
July 31, 2013
Dick and I worked together at Salem Hospital. During that time, he oftened spoke of his daughter returning home with his grandsons. He would beem with pride when talking about their Saturday morning routines. He was so proud of his daughter completing her education and so very happy he was able to have her and her children living with him. We talked a lot on our many trips to Wisconsin and his beloved ( but yucky) cheese curds!
He was a good friend to me at the hospital and I am glad he had some time living his retirement dream. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loving family.
July 31, 2013
Dick was one of my best friends all thru High School, always there when needed. He was in our wedding in "71". Lots of good times and good stories thru High School and College. Will miss Dick (Greatly). Our heart felt sympathy to Dicks Family.
July 31, 2013
Dick and I were in the Class of 1965 at Onalaska (WI) High School - we were looking forward to our 50th Reunion in two years. Dick and his family have welcomed me to their home numerous times, during my travels, both in Salem and their former home in Baltimore. I was so looking forward to another visit with him in Salem scheduled for September of this year. He was a great friend, then and now. He was devoted to his Family and loved to spend time with his Grandsons - Dick was the best roll model those boys could have. He so looked forward to his retirement and traveling with Deb and doing things with his Family - he was helping his daughter fix up her new house. While Dick was stationed in Duluth, MN, during his stint in the Air Force, John Wilk (another classmate) and I visited him there and had a grand time - the stories we could tell - Dick had a fun side to him as well. My deepest sympathy to Deb and his Family. He will be missed by many. Dick was the best.
July 31, 2013
All through high school I walked with Richard down Wilson Street to Onalaska High, In the summer of '66 Richard and I took a two week jaunt through Europe and London (some humorous stories there) ... he will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends. He was a great guy ... one of my best friends way back when.
July 29, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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