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1 of 20 | Posted by: Paul Tepe - Granger, IN - Son

“Our deepest Sympathy to the Tepe family. May God comfort you at this time. Mark and Michele ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Mark Torzewski - IN

“I offer my condolences to my old St. Joe choir-mate Joe Tepe and the rest of the Tepe family on the lost of Mr. Richard Tepe. Thoughts and prayers...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Jackie & Family- So very sorry for your loss. My your heart be filled with many special memories. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Katie (Klosowski) Wirebaugh - IN

“My sincereous sympathy to the Tepe family. I have known the Tepes for over 60 years and Bob and Dick were our special friends. Dick was a good...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Eleanor De Graff - South Bend, IN

“Dear Tepe Family,Our hearts go out to all of you with the passing of Richard. He was the patriarch of your family and admired by all who knew him.I...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Anderson - Mishawaka, IN

“Blessings to all of you at this very difficult time. I pray that your many many happy memories help get you thru these days. With Prayers and Hugs...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Speheger - Granger, IN

“To the entire Tepe family. We offer our sincere sympathy and prayers for Richard. He was a great man and we enjoy all the memories of doing business...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“He will be missed, bless the whole family Larry, take care bubba. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Urbanski - las vegas, NV

“The picture chosen of Mr. Tepe is just the way I remember him. He was always smiling and always so easy to talk to and work with. I have been a...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Paulette Cwidak - Granger, IN

“So sorry for the passing of such a dedicated husband,father, grandfather and businessman. Mr Tepe was the father of my boss, Paul, and my family had...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Janet Heitkamp - Port Richey,, FL

“Sincere sympathy and condolences to Joe and family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kim (Hauguel) Shreve - Mishawaka, IN

“Sincere sympathies to you, Mary Ann, and your family. Take care of each other, know that others are praying for all of you.Peace,Elaine Wituski,...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Elaine Wituski - south bend, IN

“Condolences to Christine and family. I have many fond memories of your dad and entire family. I will keep you all in thought and prayer. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Denise Switalski- Kimsey - IN

“Mr. Tepe saved my new sofa from being discarded by knowing just how tobrace a broken leg.My sofa is now many years old, but still functions well with...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Helen Hibbs - Friend

“Teri and I are sadden by Dicks passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tepe family, as they go through this sad time. Dick was a joy to be...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Tim & Teri Switalski - Anacortes, WA

“Condolences to Larry and family on the loss of your Dad and Husband. May God Bless you in the days ahead as you remember all the good you shared...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Angela Ferro - South Bend, IN

“Thoughts and prayers to the family on your loss. My God hold you in the palm of his hand and may you find peace. Coldolences, The Slater Family ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Julie Slater - South Bend, IN

“He was my Dad's cousin-Sonny Tepe. I'm just so saddened by this because we just recently visited with Dick's family while both he and my dad were at...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Michele Tepe-McNeill - Granger, IN

“I'm am so sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Erin Burgess - Edwardsburg, MI


Richard E. Tepe, 87, of South Bend, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Kindred Hospital, Mishawaka. He was born on November 19, 1929 in Mishawaka, to the late Edwin F. and Mary (Sofka) Tepe. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947 and received a BA in business from the University of Notre Dame in 1951. On September 26, 1953, in Chicago, IL, he married Mary Ann Kalal, who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Christine Switalski and Jackie (Doug) Kronewitter, both of Mishawaka; five sons, Steven (Debra) and William (Doris), both of South Bend, Paul (Theresa) of Granger, Joseph (Norbert Shimkus) of Michiana Shores, IN and Larry of Mishawaka; ten grandchildren, Pam LaCluyse, Cathy McCann, Tracy VanSchoick, Heather Sobieralski and Eric Tepe, Hanah Tepe, Monica and Nicholas Tepe and Nathan and Jessica Kronewitter; and by nine great-grandchildren, Kyle LaCluyse, Gavin and Bryson VanSchoick, Gabby and Leksi Sobieralski, Carmyn and Ethan Tepe, Norah and Dylan Tepe and one great-granddaughter on the way. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Sadie McCann and three brothers, Robert, Donald and Kenneth Tepe. He was a very well known and respected businessman in the area, as the President and Owner of Tepe Furniture. Richard was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, a parishioner and usher of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and an avid Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday January 27, 2017 at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 3526 St. John's Way, South Bend. Entombment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor's choice. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com