Richard Tewksbury

richard tewksbury

Richard Tewksbury, 81, died Jan. 25, 2012 at the Veteran's Hospital in Fargo, ND. 

He was born in Grafton, ND on March 13, 1930 to Warren and Nettie (Starkson) Tewksbury of Larimore, ND.  At a young age he moved with his parents to Cando, ND and completed his high school education at Washburn, ND.  Richard attended NDSU, graduating with a degree in agriculture in 1954. He was active in student government, AGR fraternity, Blue Key and others.  He was given the honor of being a "Senior who made things Go".  Activated as a member of the Fargo Air National Guards he served in the Korean War.  On Dec. 28, 1952 he married Juanita Olson of Edgeley, ND .  After graduation from NDSU he taught in Medina ND starting a new FFA chapter.  Richard and Juanita moved to Edgeley in 1956 where they had a dairy and crop farm.  He was a member and officer of Zion Lutheran Church, Board Member of the Edgeley Creamery and Farmers Union Oil Co.  He was on the organizing committee that started the first kindergarten in Edgeley.  He retired from farming in 1998 moving to Fargo, ND and wintering in Mesa, AZ.

Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Juanita. One son, Scott (Jodi Miedema), Edgeley; 2 daughters, Deborah (Bobby) Koepplin, Valley City, ND and Kathy (Douglas) Hegseth, Lakeville MN, 7 grandchildren, 1 great  grandchild, 1 brother Lewellyn (Florence) Tewksbury, 2 sisters; Ardis (Harry) Schacher, Jeannie (John) Bargen.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Bill Byle  & a sister-in-law Cleojean Roster.

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  1. Mesa AZ
    We send our love and sympathy to you and your family. Dick was a great guy. He will be missed by all of us.

    Today I bought our plane trip back to Moorhead on April 20.

    Mel and Dorothy

  2. Medina ND
    So sorry to hear about Richard and want to extend our sympathy to you Nita and your family. We had such a good trip together last summer and Duane and Richard did so much reminising about schooll days.
    Our Sympathy.

  3. Arlingto n IllinoisDear Nita,
    We want to extend our deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Ivan and Wilma

  4. Arlington Illinois USAWe want to express our sincere Sympathy Nita to you and your wonderful family. We will always remember Dick and all the good times we had. My wish for him would be that he could play marbles in Heaven.
    We want you to know this is sent with our Love, and Hugs. God has blessed you with a good long life with Dick.
    Love You

  5. Fargo ND
    Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Our association with your family through 4-H and square dancing and later with the informal visits at Southpointe have all been pleasant experiences. We have a long history with the family including Dick’s parents and brother. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Owatonna MN
    I was so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I remember what a fun, down to earth person Dick was when you came to visit Mom & Dad here at my dome. And will always remember our ride on the boat at Canyon Lake in AZ
    . Please extend my heart-felt condolences to the rest of the family. (Ivan & Wilma Walter’s youngest daughter)

  7. I’m sorry to hear about Dick’s passing and will be praying for you during this difficult time.
    We all miss you both in our AZ
    neigborhood and think of you often. Christmas time isn’t the same without you! I remember how Dick loved to put up Christmas decorations and helped me with mine!
    I will never forget Dick’s wonderful smile and his willingness to help with whatever task needed doing. I’m glad I knew him!

  8. Thoughts and prayers are with the Tewksbury family. Remembering wonderful memories at work spent with Dick and the Osgood Senior mens league crew Tuesday mornings over the years. You will be missed greatly. Will make an extra cup of coffee for ya!

  9. Davenport, ND
    Scott, Deb, Kathy and Nita,
    I share your sorrow.
    Our clan grows a little bit smaller with the passing of your Dad and husband. I am thankful for all the opportunities he gave me and sharing many summers with all of you. Good bye Uncle Dick. All is well with you now.
    Cousin and nephew Mark

  10. Fargo Dick was one of your original members of the Osgood Senior Men’s League. He always had a smile and was a kind man. We missed him this year when he wasn’t able to play. He’s golfing in better places now but we will think of him every Tuesday morning at Osgood and miss him.

  11. Kulm So sorry to hear… I know it was very tough this last weeks and days. I feel sad for the loss of your father and grand father. I hope you are finding peace in his home going.

  12. Fargo ND
    Richard was a very proud veteran and I enjoyed working with him. Thank your for your service to our Country!

  13. Coon Rapids Minnesota
    My deepest sympathy for the family of Richard Tewksbury. He was one of the outstanding citizens in the Edgeley community. He will be missed by everyone that ever knew him. May God be with each and everyone of you at this sad time. Just remember you have a lot of wonderful memories and nothing can take that away from you.

  14. Dickinson North Dakota
    Mr. Tewksbury was a wonderful man and when my Dad worked for him, Dad thought he had the best boss ever. My Dad was Seb. Weigel.

  15. Mesa ArizonaWe’re sending our prayers and thoughts your way, thinking of you, Nita, and all the family.

  16. Valley City ND
    Deb, Bobby & family- We celebrate the full life your Dad/Grandpa led and enjoyed hearing stories you told us about him…mln

  17. Round Rock TexasAunt Nita, Scott, Debbie, Kathy, and families ~

    Sending you our love and prayers.

    Uncle Dick was a precious, loving, and brilliant man whose smile and laughter was always contagious!

    The greatest thing he ever taught me was to find joy in life no matter obstacles come before you. He will be deeply missed.


    Warren and family

  18. Casa Grande AZ
    Juanita, Deb & Bobby, and your families, I was saddened to read of your loss, I’m thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers. God Bless You!

  19. mandan ndNita, Debbie, Scott and Kathy,
    Just wanted to let you know, we are thinking of you at this time. Uncle Dick will be missed for his kind, generous heart. All my love, Cindy

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