Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sugar Island on Saturday, March 22nd at 2 p.m. with Pastor Daniel J. Helwig presiding. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
A visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials are suggested to the church or to the charity of one’s choice.
Richard Lee was born in Hustisford on February 16, 1940, son of Martin and Erna (Braunschweig) Pankow.
On September 26, 1959, Richard married Arlene Neitzel at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sugar Island, where he was baptized and confirmed. Richard was a dairy farmer and still lived and owned the original Pankow homestead farm. He had also been employed at the Joseph Lorenz Construction Co. Richard was a master carpenter that enjoyed making furniture and wood crafts, and started M & D Woodworking. He built and designed the first outside sign for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sugar Island and was one of the founding members of the Sugar Island Sportsman’s Club.
In his earlier years he loved tapping trees for maple syrup with his dad, Martin, and had passed his knowledge down to his sons and grandkids.
Richard loved spending time with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing sheepshead.
He always had many stories and jokes to tell.
Richard is survived by his wife, Arlene of Sugar Island; his sons, Paul (Therese); Richard M; Lee and Jeff, all of Sugar Island; his grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew (Ashley Reed), Nicholas (Cassandra), Richard S. (Ashley) Pankow; Jessica (Tristan) Drath; great grandchildren, Morgan, Brayden, Troy, Jaden & Mason Pankow; Wyatt and Lila Drath; a sister, Helen Stern; sisters-in-law, Mary Pankow and Lois Streblow, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, William and Robert; a sister, Charlotte (Thomas) Lorenz and a brother-in-law, Howard Stern.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.