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Richard Fournier

January 25, 1966 - May 05, 2020

Visitation - Tuesday

May 12, 2020
- 10:00 AM

Funeral Service - Tuesday

May 12, 2020
- 11:00 AM

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Boulger Funeral Home

Richard Fournier

January 25, 1966 - May 05, 2020

Obituary

Richard Louis Fournier of Fargo, ND (formerly of Cass Lake, Mn) passed away on Tuesday May 5th at home with his family.

Richard was born January 25th, 1966 in Minneapolis, Mn to Louis Elwood Fournier and Gloria Jean Fournier. Richard grew up in Cass Lake, Mn for most of his childhood. His family lived in Tomah, Wisconsin for a brief time. Richard graduated from Cass Lake High School in 1984, where he picked up the nickname Skidder. He worked for Fournier Logging until he joined the Army on May 13, 1986.

Richard’s military service included Ft. Benning, GA (in 11 Bravo). Then Ft. Drum, NY (10th MTN Div C Co. 2nd battalion of the 22nd). Then he reclassified in 1989 (63E Tank Mechanic- Germany 3rd Armored division HHC-467 4th Battalion- 67th Armored). Richard served in the Gulf War from December 13th, 1990 until June 6th, 1991 (The Big Red One), where he earned a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. After separating from Active Duty in 1992, he remained as a Reservist until May 1994.

After his time in the service, Richard returned to Cass Lake where he worked with his Dad, Louis, at Fournier Logging, as a logger/skidder operator. He also worked as a car hauler. Then he worked for CD Haugen as a truck driver. and for Long Haul Trucking. Later in his life, he worked as a boat mechanic at Sailstar Marina in Cass Lake.

In 1996, he met his wife, Robyne. They married in June of 1997. In his thirties he suffered a heart attack, which led to many years of battling heart complications and multiple surgeries.

Together, he and his wife helped to raise her three daughters. They made their home in Cass Lake, until 2016, when they packed their truck and traveled throughout the United States. On their trip, they visited thirty-nine states over several months. Then, after their adventure, they settled in Fargo, ND in February 2017.

In October of 2019, Richard was diagnosed with colon cancer. He fought hard and never gave up, until he lost the battle.

Richard loved the outdoors, hiking, exploring new places, camping, and pine coning with his wife. He was a man of many talents, he enjoyed tinkering and building- anything from fixing engines to building model cars and semis; he did it all. He enjoyed war movies, puzzles and spending time with his loved ones and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard is survived by: His wife: Robyne Fournier of Fargo; Daughters: Lauren (Matthew) Voeltz of Lancaster, Mn; Kristina (Matt) Anderson of Bemidji, MN; Cori (Brandon) Bennett of Fargo, ND; and Savannah (Taylor) Swenson of St. Cloud, MN; Mother, Gloria Fournier of Cass Lake, MN; Sisters: Bonnie (Terry) Conner, Mel Fisher, Karen (Steve) Goss, Millie (Jeff) Baird;
Grandchildren: Melody, Lily, Peter, Madilynn, Georgia, Justus, Rylee, and Mathilda; And many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, his father, two brothers, and his fellow soldiers.

Pallbearers are Keig Coss, Todd Clausen, Dean Davis, Jerome Bramen, Terry Morris and Robert French. Honorary Pallbearers: All of his Army brothers

Services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. Burial will take place at the Fargo National Cemetery. Memorials in honor of Richard Fournier, for his family, may be sent to Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th Street South in Fargo, ND. Please sign the guest book at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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18 responses to “Richard Fournier”

  1. The Leask Family says:

    So sorry Robyne & famiy. May he rest in peace!!

  2. Lee Johnson says:

    I’m gonna miss you brother rip

  3. Russ Luther says:

    So sorry to hear this. King Richard, is riding that YZ in the sky. Remember having lots if fun riding with you.

  4. Glenn Gregory says:

    Safe passage from this life to the next. You became a brother in 1986 when we were in 10th Mountain. Peace be with you Brother.

  5. Melanie Fischer says:

    My brother was brave and strong throughout his life. He is loved and he is missed. May his pain be gone, may his heart be full, and may his mind be free.

  6. Michaele C says:

    He was my uncle and brother in arms. If it was not for Richard I would not be were I am at today. He gave me motivation and a purpose over 20 years ago. Rest in piece Brother

  7. Ed DuPont says:

    Brothers forever Bandits for life! RIP Brother we will continue the watch.much luv!

  8. Shannon Haugen says:

    Skeeter was one of my class mates he was a nice guy. And will be missed.

  9. Eddie Rigsby says:

    So sorry for your loss. Richard was a great man. My Condolences to the family and Friends. RIP my brother!

  10. Bryan Cowsert says:

    I served with Richard in C Co 2/22. He was a friend and an all around great guy. I looked up to him for his outstanding leadership abilities. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Soldier and Climb to Glory.

  11. Justin Czamanske says:

    Rest in peace Richard you were a good man

  12. Steve Wallace says:

    So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. He was a great soldier and man

  13. Edward (Jake) Munroe says:

    My condolences to family and friends, so sorry for your loss! Richard was in my squad, 1st PLT, C Co, 2/22, 10th MTN DIV. Motivated and hard working soldier! Until Valhalla, Climb to Glory!

  14. David b Knowlton says:

    RIP Richard May God keep you in His arms. from a fellow Bandit

  15. Stephanie Hartberg and Johns Evanson says:

    Robyne, We are so sorry for your loss. We have seen your struggle and we genuinely pray that God give you strength as you grieve your beloved husband. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

  16. Deb Kunkel says:

    Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Cass Lake Area Chamber of Commerce says:

    Sympathy to the family. He will be missed by many!

  18. Sharon (Gehrke) Wolf says:

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you.

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