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Richard "Dick" Teal

February 5, 1928 — March 21, 2022


Richard “Dick” Teal, age 94, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Richard was born on February 5, 1928, in St. Paul, MN to Eldron and Esther Teal. He is the oldest of 10 siblings. He lived in Tomahawk in his earlier years before moving to Wausau in 1946, where he met and married Elaine Joyce Buetow in 1948. Together they raised 3 children, Susan, Jeffrey, and Robert.

When Richard moved to Wausau, he worked for Sears Roebuck and later was employed by American Can/James River Corp as a color matcher in the pressure room, where he retired after 41 years.

Richard is survived by his 2 sons; Jeffrey (Kay) Teal of Tomahawk and Robert Teal of Wausau, his son-in-law; John Dixon of Kronenwetter, his two grandsons; Bill (Sara) Dixon of Rib Mountain and Brandon (Morgen) Teal of Edgerton, WI, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his soulmate and friend of 25 years Vinessa Zillman, along with 3 brothers, and 4 sisters.

He is preceded in death by his wife Elaine, daughter; Susan Dixon, one grandson; Matthew Teal, and two brothers; Michael and Francis Teal.

There is a visitation that will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401. There will be a celebration of life that will be held in Tomahawk following the visitation. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family and to share memories and condolences, you can visit

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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