Richard Lee Martin was born May 3, 1939, in Farmington, Minnesota, to Harold E. and Dorothy (Ellert) Martin. He was raised in Lakeville, baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church and graduated Lakeville High School in 1957. After his education he worked at a Ford garage in Minneapolis. Dick married Myrna Fredrickson on March 21, 1959, at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church. After marriage they made their home in Lakeville and for the next 32 years Dick worked at Fredrickson Lumber. In 1992, Dick went to work for Action Overhead Garage Door in Prior Lake, retiring in 2004.
Dick was a member of Highview Christiania Lutheran Church. He enjoyed following any activity or sport in which his children or grandchildren were involved. Even without a strong sports background he was able to coach the 4H softball team to the county championship! He also enjoyed being a “recycler” and he was a “Jack of all Trades.” Dick was patient, giving, kind, and a good teacher and mentor.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Myrna; 3 children: Jeff (Robin) of Webster, Jeanne (Todd) Bergstrom of New Market, Rick of Lakeville; 4 grandchildren: Darcee (Mike) Coffing, Alex Martin, Kyle and Tyler Bergstrom; 4 great-grandchildren: Madison, Maverick, Wyatt and Ariel Coffing; 9 brothers and sisters: Marilyn Martin of Gunnison, Colorado, Russell (Judy) of Elko, Carol (Richard) Ostlie of Lakeville, Amy (David) Tonsager of Farmington, Aleda (Robert) Fritzke of Wascott, Wisconsin, William of Lakeville, Harold of Northfield, Steven (Teresa) of Northfield, Gary of Northfield; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Herman and Eleanor Fredrickson, his sister-in-law Phyllis (Clarence) Stuckmayer, and his brother-in-law Bob Seitz.
Richard passed away with his wife and family by his side on Saturday morning, March 1, 2014, in Elko, at the age of 74.
A celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at 11AM Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church, 26690 Highview Ave, rural Farmington with Rev. Michael Mandsager officiating. Music will be provided by Lill Sather and Lori Clausen. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014, from 4-7PM and one hour prior on Wednesday. Interment will be in Highview Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Steve Anderson, Greg Larsen, Dennis Melgaard, Pat Muelken, Brian Tonsager, Owen Zanto and Sam Zanto.
Memorials are preferred to Highview Christiania Lutheran for building a garden shed.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com