Richard E. Eppe Jr.

October 5, 1971 ~ December 16, 2021 (age 50)


Richard E. Eppe Jr., age 50, of Howard, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be on Thursday December 23, 2021, from 5-8 PM at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard.

Richard was born in Mitchell, on October 5, 1971, to Richard Sr. and Dorothea (Winter) Eppe. He grew up in rural Howard on the family farm where he also moved back to later. Richard attended Howard High School and graduated in 1989.  He then attended College at SDSU for Dairy Science and Pre-Vet. Richard was known by many names, but the one that stuck the most was “Dickie”. His 30 year High School reunion was a memorable moment for him and he talked about it often.

Richard married Jennifer Kellogg in 1992, and to this union one son and one daughter were born. Richard had a few different jobs that included working/managing a Dairy farm, Dispatch at Miner Co, and also Rosebud manufacturing in Madison and Shopko in Mitchell as a manager before it closed. Richard later moved back to the family farm, where he loved the outdoors. Richard grew up helping his mother milk the cows and his love for animals was never a question. He had many different animals in the last few years and would sell them also.   Richard loved gardening, woodworking and many other crafts.

He is survived by his son, Andrew Eppe of Sioux Falls; his daughter Lorrie Eppe of rural Howard; sister Maria (Rick) Olsen, of Plankinton; brother Donald (Dawn) Eppe, of Howard; brother Charles (Danielle) Eppe, of Wentworth; one uncle, nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, August and Marie Winter and Victor and Edith Eppe.


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December 23, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Willoughby Funeral Home and Cremation Options
301 North Main Street
Howard, SD 57349

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