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Richard W. "Rich" Lemke

March 30, 1938 — September 13, 2022

Richard W.” Rich” Lemke, age 84, of Buchanan, TN, former many-year resident of “Old Carpentersville” IL, passed away at his home in Tennessee on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Following in the footsteps of his father and brother, Rich was a proud and longstanding member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 265.  He spent many years working in HVAC.  After retirement, Rich enjoyed putting around in his yard and going out to eat for breakfast.

Rich was born March 30, 1938, in Elmhurst, IL, to the late Edward W. Lemke, Sr., and the late Margaret Weir Lemke.

He was married December 31, 1970, to Barbara Lemke, who preceded him in death on January 14, 2005, after 34 years of marriage.

He is survived by his five children, Laurie Lemke, Richard, Jr.(Anne) Lemke, Lisa Beltz, Vicki Strohman, and Troy (Joanna) Franke; his four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many friends.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife Barbara, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward W. Lemke, Jr.

Local arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Out-of-town arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Home, 504 W Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118.  Visitation will be Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Miller Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am with Rev. Wendy Witt officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Dundee Township East Cemetery in East Dundee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  To leave an online condolence please visit, or for information, please call 847-426-3436

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