Richard Hempel

Richard Hempel


December 16, 1937 - December 25, 2023


Richard Hempel, 86, of Mitchell, SD, passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023, at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Friday, December 29, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Richard Gary Hempel was born December 16th, 1937, to Albert and Rose (Fiala) Hempel in Parker, SD. After completing his high school education, he enlisted in the Wagner National Guard. He soon transferred to the United States Airforce, where he proudly maintained U2 spy planes and other military aircraft. His work as an Airforce military and later civilian mechanic took him all over the world from Alaska, Japan, and Argentina. He retired from Northwestern Public Service after 40 plus years as a relay tech, building and maintaining substations. Richard was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion.

Richard was united in marriage to Bernice (Ymker) on July 27th of 1969. To this union, they were blessed with two sons, Todd (Rebecca Studelska) and their children, Grace and Ella; and Tim (Nicole) and their son Nathan. Richard is remembered by his siblings, Donna Jedlicka and Dwight Hempel, and nephews, Mike and Dave Jedlicka and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernie and nephew, Kurt Jedlicka.


Thursday, December 28, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, December 29, 2023
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jordan and Gail Dawn on December 28, 2023
Todd and Rebecca & family. We are sending you love and prayers. May your father be at peace.
Posted by Becky Roth on December 27, 2023
We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all.
Posted by Dan and Karen Meier on December 27, 2023
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you God's peace and comfort.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on December 27, 2023
Sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family!
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on December 27, 2023
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Deanna Hall on December 26, 2023
My sympathy to Todd, Tim and families. I got to know Dick when I visited his wife at Firesteel nursing home a few years ago. Now they are together again. 🙏
Posted by Dave Jedlicka on December 26, 2023
Our sympathies to Tim and Tod. Uncle Dick was a great man and I learned a lot from him. I loved talking to him and listening to all his stories
Posted by Larry Zimmerman on December 26, 2023
I knew Dick when he worked at Northwest public service. That was quite a crew of guys. Bunch of great guys. Dick was a great guy. It stopped in the moose once in a while have a cold one. Sorry to hear family.
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