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Richard  D.  Aupperle  Sr.
     Richard D. “Dick” Aupperle, Sr., 75, of North Platte, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home. He was born on Nov. 28, 1937 in Wellfleet to Herman and Evelyn (Larson) Aupperle.
     Dick attended the Highland School, and then went to the Curtis School of Agriculture for his freshman year. He went on to North Platte High School where he graduated with the class of 1955.
     On Jan. 10, 1958, Dick married Mary Peters. To this union three children were born, Rick, John, and Susan.
     The couple moved back to the family farm for several years before moving to farms at Wellfleet and Maywood.
     They moved to North Platte in 1961. Dick worked for Larry Hansen at the Original Hansen Heating and Plumbing for 12 years. They moved to Wyoming for a time until coming back to North Platte and opening Aupperle Plumbing and Heating where he was a master plumber. He continued his work there until his death. Dick later married Bess Paxton Wilson. She preceded him in death in 2002.
     Dick was a past member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and gambling. Dick enjoyed spending time working on the farm and with family. He will be remembered by family and friends as a generous man who helped many people in need, and will not be forgotten.
     Survivors include his children, Rick (fiancé Lana Reed) Aupperle, Jr. of North Platte, John (fiancé'' Lisa Clouatre) Aupperle of North Platte, and Susan (Ted) Huber of Kearney; the mother of his children, Mary Aupperle of Kearney; a brother, Harold (Sheryl) Aupperle of Maywood; a sister, Ellen Park of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Thad and Theo Huber of Kearney, and numerous other family members and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bess, and numerous aunts and uncles.
     A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Association.
     Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Mustion of the First Church of God officiating. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 4/24/2013
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