Richard “Dick” Wesley Lamprecht, Age 93, of Elgin, passed away May 8. 2018 in Algonquin. Dick was born January 25, 1925, son of Wesley and Olga Lamprecht (née Anderson).
Dick grew up in Elgin, IL, graduating from Elgin High, Class of 1943. He went on to study at Elgin Watchmaker’s College and Middle Georgia College.
Dick served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a Tail Gunner on a B-29 Superfortress, stationed on Okinawa. He was honorably discharged April 8, 1946 and was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal.
Following the war, he worked as a watchmaker and engineer for Elgin Watch Company for many years, participating in the company’s athletic activities such as golf and bowling leagues. He was among the management leaders chosen to start and operate the satellite location for Elgin Watch in South Carolina in 1963. When the facility closed in 1968 he returned with his family to Elgin, where he worked for Waltham Watch until it’s closing. He then worked for several other companies including Simpson Electric, McGraw-Edison, and up until retirement in 1988 Raymond Controls Systems as a Senior Buyer/Purchasing Agent.
Dick met the love of his life and wife of 70 plus years, Evelyn “Evie” Steinmann, during the war. They had both attended Elgin High School, Evie being a year behind him, but they had never met. His sister, Jean, worked with Evelyn during the war, and the two ladies agreed to exchange names of relatives to write letters during the war effort. Jean gave Evie Dick’s name, and Evie gave Jean the name of her cousin, Laroy Steinmann. After the war was over, each couple dated, became engaged and married.
More than anything in the whole world, Dick adored his wife, Evie. He often said she was the only woman he ever loved. After their wedding on August 2, 1947, Dick and Evie were blessed with four children.
Loved ones will remember Dick’s very “punny” sense of humor (insert eye-roll here). He was a warm, loyal and generous man who was the beloved patriarch of his family. He absolutely loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dick was always willing to sacrifice to give his family the best he could. He was an extremely caring and kind individual who made friends everywhere he went – much like his father, Wes.
He was a man of faith, attending what was his wife’s church (St. John’s Lutheran in Elgin) after their marriage. Dick became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elgin, serving as an Elder, School Board Member, Building Fund Captain, and President of the Fellowship Society.
Dick would always tell the story about how when he was in the War, there was an incident in which the bomb bay doors of the plane wouldn’t close. He was tasked with going back on the catwalk and manually cranking them closed so the aircraft would be able to land. One time, the plane hit turbulence and he ended up dangling over the Pacific Ocean, hanging by one hand from a cable. Somehow he was able to pull himself back up onto the catwalk and crawl back to the plane. He used to tell his kids this story to illustrate how close they came to not existing! But he always did so with a characteristic sense of humor.
Dick was a big Cub’s fan, and enjoyed watching them in the World Series. Dick loved chocolate, especially chocolate malts. He grew up with the Burns malts from the soda counter, and enjoyed going back to Al’s Ice Creamery for their reproduction. But Dairy Queen would always work as well. He also LOVED lobster, and was a frequent guest at Red Lobster, and Burger King Whoppers. He was also a regular at Paul’s Family Restaurant in Elgin, where he would give the waitresses all of his charm and they positively ate out of his hands!
Dick was preceded in death by his sister Jean, brother George, and daughter, Barbara in 2002.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn B. Steinmann; children, Robert Lamprecht of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Nancy (Kevin) Cooke of Carpentersville, and Wendy (John) Parsons of Algonquin; grandchildren, Richard (Claudia) McCombs of South Elgin; Elaine Moore of Massachusetts; Melanie (Norman Pritchard) McCombs of South Elgin; Leslie Ann Schumacher of Crystal Lake; Sabrina Rachel (Brandon) Johnson of Massachusetts, Stephanie (Tiffany) Dumas of East Dundee, and Alexander Cooke of Carpentersville; great-grandchildren, Steven, Jacob and Kennedy McCombs; Kyle Vargas; Samantha Malohn; Oshen and Zachary Johnson; Sister-in-Law Donna Delihant; and nieces, Teri (Bob) Gatanis of Annapolis, MD and Tracey (Charles) Hobbs of Somerdale, NJ.
Visitation will be 6-8:00p.m. Monday May 14, 2018 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120. Visitation will continue 10:00a.m. until time of service at 11:00a.m. Tuesday May 15, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 N. Spring St., Elgin IL, with Rev. Clifford “Hannibal” Frederick officiating. Interment to follow with military honors at Lakewood Memorial Park, 1652 West Lake St., Elgin IL 60120. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.