Richard Birkholz, 88, Fargo, N.D. passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Richard was born December 31, 1929 in Hazen, North Dakota to Arthur and Rose Birkholz. He attended school in Hazen, North Dakota and went on to serve in the United States Army. Upon returning, he attended Wahpeton School of Science and earned an electrical associates degree. He married Marilyn Rudnick on July 20, 1960 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota.
Richard was a self-taught, talented man who could fix anything, and he loved working with his hands. He worked at Scheel’s Hardware for 30 years as Services Manager. After retirement, he returned to Scheel’s to work part-time. He enjoyed many hobbies such as fixing old cars, traveling, bowling, and spending time with his family. Richard was active at First Lutheran Church by volunteering with the Helping Hands and ushering. He also was also active in the American Legion and the Eagles Club, serving in several chairs including as the president of the Eagles Club. Richard also enjoyed antique cars and being in several different car clubs over the years.
Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Marilyn (Rudnik) Birkholz; children, Perry (Vicki) Birkholz of Fargo, ND, Brian Birkholz of Phoenix, AZ, Bruce (Melanie) Birkholz of Phoenix, AZ, Carmen (Dean) Johnson, Ham Lake, MN; and four grandchildren, Kayla and Nicole Birkholz and Jared (Cassidi) and Emily Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 10am – 11am followed by the funeral at 11am at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. 619 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made in the memory of Richard to the American Heart Association.