Richard "Dick" Goree
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Wichmann Funeral Home - Downtown Appleton
537 North Superior Street
Appleton, WI
Richard "Dick" Goree

Appleton - It was not the extraordinary gifts which made our lives so sweet, but time spent and adventures had with our dad. Some of the ways he filled our days with love included: giving wheel-barrow rides on a nest of freshly cut grass; hunting in the dark for night crawlers; lifting rocks to reveal salamanders; snake hunting on birthdays; telling stories with all the sound effects; singing in the car; loving our mom; giving affection to his family; baiting countless fish hooks; teaching us to garden; showing extreme patience when we didn't listen; bonding with animals; manning the record player for our backyard ballet; making papier mache masks for Halloween; teaching us the art of cribbage; roasting hot dogs over a winter campfire; assuring us that "potty" was like beer for the fish; mourning the loss of our pets; telling us that we were more important than the dents we put in the car; delighting in his three grandchildren and one great grandchild; teaching us the values of loyalty, integrity, kindness and compassion.

On May 27, 2021, Richard "Dick" Goree passed into eternal life. He left us, relaxing at home with his dog, Jordy, on his lap and his devoted son, Mike, next to him, knowing that he was surrounded by love.

Dick was born in the bedroom of his grandparents farmhouse, outside of Shawano, Wisconsin, on June 7, 1925. He was the first born son, followed by a brother and sister.

He grew up in Appleton and graduated from Appleton High School (West) and immediately attended Lawrence University for the summer. He was then drafted into the US Army.

Dick served in WWII and was involved in D-Day on Omaha Beach. That day, he saved at least seven lives and was awarded the Silver Star, among other honors. The day after the invasion, Dick turned 19 years old. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

After serving two and a half years in the Army, Dick returned home just before the Christmas of 1945. He then continued his college studies at Lawrence University (Appleton) and then UW-Madison, receiving his Master's Degree in Education.

In 1947, Dick met his true love, Anna Mae (Annie) Leipzig and they married on June 14, 1952. They spent the next 44 years raising their family of three children, Julie, Tim and Mike. On October 24,1996, the family lost Annie unexpectedly. Dick mourned her absence until the end.

Dick loved his career in education both as a teacher and a principal. Franklin Elementary School became his second home, where he served as principal for 27 years, retiring June of 1990.

Dick is survived by a daughter, Julie (Phil) Petit, son, Michael Goree, grandchildren, Graham (Ashley) Petit, Brooklyn Petit and Christopher Goree, and a great-grandson, Henry Petit. He is further survived by three sister-in-laws, Marjorie Leipzig, Viola Leipzig, Donna Leipzig, nieces, nephews and their children.

Dick was proceeded in death by his parents, Richard and Helen (Hoppe) Goree, his wife, Anna Mae, his son, Tim, a brother, Don and sister, Ruth Fischer as well as in-laws Frank and Vi Leipzig, Francis (Buzz) Leipzig, Jake Leipzig, James Leipzig, Betty Goree, three nephews,Troy Leipzig, Joe Goree, Rod Goree and niece, Mary P. Leipzig.

A deep, heartfelt appreciation to his son, Mike, for the compassionate care he gave to our dad, allowing him to remain at home and to his grandson, Chris, for staying over night while Mike was at work. Last but not least, to his loyal dog, Jordy, who brought so much joy and love into our dad's life.

Visitation will be held on Thursday June 3rd, 2021 at Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior St., Appleton, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday June 4, 2021 at First Congregational Church, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton, with Rev. Dr. Stephen Savides officiating. Visitation will also be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Military honors and burial in Appleton Highland Memorial Park will follow. To protect the health of all, please wear a mask when in the church.





Published by Appleton Post-Crescent from May 28 to Jun. 2, 2021.
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Thank you for all your kind words in honor of our dad. Your thoughtfulness brings us comfort.
Julie Petit and Mike Goree
Julie Petit
Family
June 17, 2021
Dearest Family of Richard Goree
We send our Sincere and Heartfelt Sympathy in the loss of your Sweetest Father❣
Our Son and Daughter were so fortunate to have been educated at Franklin under the Wonderful Guidance of your Caring and Kind Father! Those were truly amazing years for our Family❤
May the Cherished Memories of your Father and Mother bring Comfort during this time of Sorrow❤
Peace.. Lynn&Vic Calmes -
Holly Calmes&Cory Calmes
Lynn&Victor Calmes
Friend
June 6, 2021
I grew up in Appleton but did not go to Franklin or know your father. I happened upon his touching obituary and felt compelled to send my condolences. Among many accomplishments, great dad, educator and friend - your father was a hero. I am grateful for his service to our country. Peace be with you as you mourn his passing.
Cindy Purdo
Acquaintance
June 4, 2021
I grew up in Appleton but did not go to Franklin or know your father. I happened upon his touching obituary and felt compelled to send my condolences. Among many accomplishments, great dad, educator and friend - your father was a hero. I am grateful for his service to our country. Peace be with you as you mourn his passing.
Cindy Purdo
Acquaintance
June 4, 2021
We just learned of your Dads passing. We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful person and a great neighbor. We always enjoyed exchanging Christmas cards together long after we had moved. Dick will certainly be missed. ✝
Scott and Laurie Ermers
Neighbor
June 4, 2021
Mr. Goree was a very nice neighbor and well liked by both of my parents who knew him first through Appleton Area School District. As a young teacher I sometimes taught at Franklin where Mr. Goree was principal. Those were always good days for me.
I am sorry for your loss Julie and Mike and for your families loss as well. I know though you have many lovely memories that include your wonderful father.
Tammy Rader Erickson
Neighbor
June 3, 2021
UW Health Laboratory
June 3, 2021
You don't know me but I had to write after reading your beautiful obituary honoring your Dad. He was very blessed to have the love of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. You were very blessed to have an extraordinary Father who lead by example. It's never easy to say good-bye no matter how long you have your parents but his memories and love will live in your hearts forever.
Pamela Dent
June 2, 2021
Richard was one of my favorite customers at the Bank. I always enjoyed our visits until I retired 2018. R I P
Connie Schoelkopf
Friend
June 2, 2021
We felt blessed that our three children attended Franklin when Mr. Goree was principal. He was such a fine man and an advocate of education. We have so very many memories of those precious years!
Find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched!
Jim and Cheryl Brown (Children: Julianne, Greg, Amanda)
Friend
June 1, 2021
Julie, Michael and Family:
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was such a wonderful man and both he and your mom can now be dancing together along with Clayt and Adelle Weber and my mom and dad, and reminising about the old times. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead. I think about all of you and miss seeing you guys. When my mom passed away I moved to Menasha with Mike and just love it there.
Leigh Kuehl-Stormer & Mike Stormer
Friend
May 31, 2021
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