Richard Rennich

richard rennich

Richard (Dick) Lee Rennich, 70, of Fargo, ND passed away on Saturday, August 31,  2013 at Sanford Palliative Care, surrounded by family. 

Dick was born on April 17, 1943 in Mobridge, South Dakota to Fred and Alma Rennich. He grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota with his brothers, Kenny and Jim. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1961. After high school he attended  business school in Aberdeen. On July 27, 1963 he married the love of his life Dee Ann Dulany. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.

Dick’s work career was spent working for the Nash Finch Company in many locations until settling in Fargo in 1975. He worked for Nash Finch until 2005. In 2004 Dick and Dee moved to their lake home on Lake Lida near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota where they enjoyed good times and great neighbors. In 2010 Dick received an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) at the University of Minnesota. Shortly after, due to health problems, they sold their lake home and returned to Fargo.

Dick’s favorite times were spent  with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed at family gatherings, sporting events and “Happy Hours”. He also loved playing canasta with dear friends. Dick was an avid fan of all sports-especially the NDSU Bison. Dick’s sense of humor, caring for others and love for family and friends will never be forgotten.

Survivors include  his wife, Dee; three daughters, Jodi (Dave) Nelson, Moorhead, MN, Jill (Kyle) Janssen and Jan Dodds, Fargo; grandchildren, Dona and Leigha Janssen, Alan Nelson, and Gretchen and Darrin Dodds; brother Jim (Dawn) Rennich, Prior Lake, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenny Rennich,and a grandson Justin Nelson.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Dick’s #1 “nurse” his wife, Dee; their home care nurse, Paula; U. of M. and Sanford, especially Deb Borgeson and Dr. Guerrero. Also thanks to Palliative Care for making Dick’s last week comfortable for him and his family.

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  1. Plymouth MN
    I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s death. I have fond memories of our friendship at Lincoln Elementary School

    My deepest sympathy to all of the Rennich family.

  2. Aberdeen SDSorry to hear about Dick’s passing. We had fun playing baseball & softball in Aberdeen. He was a very fun person to be with.
    We wish the family Well.

    Flip & Evelyn Nikolas

  3. Fargo ND
    Dee, Just heard about Dick’s passing thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a wonderful husband he was to you.

  4. Windsor COSo sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you at this sad time.

    Dee & Family –

    We are truly saddened to hear of your loss. You and Dick were great neighbors and I certainly enjoyed working with Dick for the short time I was employed with Nash Finch. He will certainly be missed by many. May you and your family find strength in knowing God’s peace.

    Barb, Lamarr, Katie & Hannah

  6. Fremont NEDeeAnn, I was so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time.

  7. Atlantic Beach FloridaRichard:
    So many great memories of our west hill side students in which I got the pleasure to attend school with and know.
    I know you will be greatly missed not only by the school buddies but also your family.
    I pray for you and your family.

  8. Aberdeen SDWe are sure sorry to hear about Dick!
    We are also happy to got to visit with him last summer!

    You are in our thoughts & prayers!

  9. Aberdeen South DakotaDee

    Was so sorry to hear of your loss. It was nice you were able to attend the reunion last summer. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  10. Dee,
    So sorry to hear of Dick’s death..I have many good memories…my thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

    Merlee Johnson

    So sorry for your loss, Dick was a funny person, he always had a funny line to throw in no matter what was happening and his girls have followed his foot steps. I sure enjoyed working with Dick and Jan and all their stories. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Years ago watching him and Kenny watching for Prib to leave on Friday so they could leave too, we could set our watches to them. It was so funny I think if Prib would have looked in his rear view mirror he could have caught them. We will miss him, but we all have our memories.

  12. Fargo ND
    Rennich family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Curt and Julie

  13. Osage MN
    Dee and family…so very sorry to hear of your dear husbands passing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dee Olson
    NW Bell/USWest etc.

  14. Devils Lake ND
    Dick Rennich Family: I had the pleasure of meeting Dick when I worked at Nash Finch. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just remember him as being so nice and so funny. I am sure him and Ken O are up in Heaven having a good laugh.

  15. Minnetonka Minnesota
    Dear Dee,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It was good to see you and Dick at our 50th class reunion two years ago. His memory will live on with you, your family and friends.

    May God give you strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Sally Haugen

  16. Aberdeen SDDee and family, I was so sorry to learn of your loss of Dick. I think of your family often and have wondered about the little girls, that I used to watch. I pray your memories will help you through this difficult time and that you find peace in knowing that Dick is not suffering. Sincerely, Sheryl Arlt

  17. So sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you all peace in the faith until you see him again. Our deepest sympathy.

    Laura, Hans & Family

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