May 17, 1945 ~ March 28, 2020
Gerald “Jerry” Richard of Vergas, MN passed away in Fargo on March 28, 2020. He was born in Fargo, ND May 17, 1945 to Roland and Cecelia Richard. Gerald attended St. Anthony’s grade school, Crosier Seminary for high school in Onamia, MN and NDSU for one year before joining the Navy. Gerald served in the Navy for over 8 years including 2 tours in Vietnam. He met the love of his life, Doreen Mansfield in Delaware and they married July 21, 1967 and lived all over the US during his time in the Navy. While living in Port Hueneme, CA, he was honorably discharged and began working for Boeing Computer Services.
While raising four boys, Gerald attended University of La Verne where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Science. His work with Boeing eventually took the family to Federal Way, Washington. Gerald and Doreen retired in 2000 and moved back to Fargo, ND eventually leading them to Leek/Trowbridge Lake in Vergas, MN.
Gerald was always actively volunteering in his community through his boys’ baseball, the local Lions Club, Dorothy Day House, Real Presence Radio, First Choice, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s of the Lakes. In his retirement he also took to woodworking and restoring old furniture.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents and son, Frank. He is survived by his adoring wife of 52 years Doreen; son Rick (Maggie), son David (Kendra), son Gerald Jr. “Jerry” (Lisa), 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister Toni Stremick, sister Bea (Marvin) Johnk, and brother Bob (Charmaine) Richard. Gerald was happiest on Leek/Trowbridge Lake flashing his big smile and giving big hugs. He will be remembered lovingly and greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his honor to Real Presence Radio or Dorothy Day House.