Funeral services for Richard Euchner, 78, a long-time Storm Lake educator, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, April 10, 2001, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, with Rev. Duane Queen officiating.
Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Euchner passed away Friday, April 6, 2001, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake of complications following surgery.
Richard Paul, the son of George Paul and Bess (Murphy) Euchner, was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Waterloo. He graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1941. He then served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II.
Mr. Euchner graduated with a BA degree in business from Iowa State Teacher's College, now the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls in 1949. He earned a master's degree in education administration from the University of Minnesota in 1953.
On Nov. 23, 1950, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Garver in Fort Dodge. Mr. Euchner taught business at Denison High School and from 1953 until 1959 he was the high school principal at Manning. He moved to Storm Lake in 1959 and began a career as Storm Lake High School's principal that spanned nearly 30 years, retiring in 1988. Following his retirement, Mr. Euchner continued to help children with special needs in the Storm Lake area as a tutor.
Mr. Euchner was an active member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and served on numerous committees. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Beavers as well as the Storm Lake Public Library board and the Gingerbread House board of directors.
He was a charter member of Educational Administrators of Iowa, who honored him as Principal of the Year in 1985. He was a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a charter member of the School Administrators of Iowa.
In 1988, the Iowa High School Press Association named him Administrator of the Year for his outstanding leadership in support of journalism education and school publications.
Mr. Euchner was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Mary Jean and one brother, Robert.
He is survived by his wife Mary of Storm Lake; two daughters: Ann and her husband Kent Myles of Sylvania, Ohio and Ruth Ellen Euchner of Tacoma, Wash.; one granddaughter; three brothers: James and his wife Marian Euchner of Cedar Falls, Russell and his wife Beverly Euchner of Cedar Falls and Charles and his wife Connie of Casa Grande, Ariz.; one sister-in-law Ann Olmsted of East Lansing, Mich.; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Gingerbread House or to the Storm Lake Public Library Foundation.