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Richard Stilson

June 16, 1932 - December 31, 2017

A celebration of Richard's life will be held at a later date.


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Richard Stilson

June 16, 1932 - December 31, 2017


Richard Lee Stilson, 85, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Fargo, ND surrounded by family.

Richard was born in Franklin County, IA in his maternal grandparent’s home on June 16, 1932.  His parents were Ross and Genetta Stilson.  He went to school in a one room country schoolhouse in Franklin County, IA and graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, IA in 1950.  He married Darlene Diekman on February 18, 1953 in Hampton, IA. He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA.  He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.  He was an employee of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 31 plus years.  He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Lions Club.  He was a member of the Walker Community Church in Walker, MN.  Richard was a devoted husband and a beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be dearly missed.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the outdoors.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty, and 2 infant siblings.

Richard is survived by his wife Darlene; two daughters Rochelle (John) Bush of Audubon, MN, Rebecca (Daryl) Sondgeroth of Mendota, IL; brother William (Kay) Stilson; three grandchildren Taylor (Dylan) Dockter, Matt (Kaitlynn) Sondgeroth, and Adam Sondgeroth; three step-granddaughters Stephanie Sauby, Amanda (Dustin) Korynta, and Jennifer Bush (Albert Garcia); 3 great grandchildren and 9 step great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent in Richard Stilson’s name to Hospice of the Red River Valley in Fargo, ND, Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND, or Community Church of Walker in Walker, MN.

The family of Richard wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Russell and Christi (RN), Dr. Jensen and Cathy (RN), all the staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center, Hospice of the Red River Valley, and family and friends for all the thoughts and prayers.


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4 responses to “Richard Stilson”

  1. Terry Griggs says:

    Darlene, It is with great sadness that we read of the passing of Dick. He was a great person to talk to and a friend also to my parents. In loving memory, our prayers are with you. Terry and Marcie Griggs

  2. John Runton says:

    Darlene, I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I remember you visits with us in Jacksonville. It was such a delight talking to you and Dick’s. Chin and I are praying for your family. I know that we will see him again when we get to heaven. May God bless and comfort you in this difficult time.

  3. David Runton says:

    Dick Stilson has been a hero of mine since my family visited his in Iowa in 1948. I was 9 years old, and Dick took my brother John and I for rides on his motor scooter. It was a real thrill for a 9-year old, and Dick was his always cool and caring self. His Mom, Genetta, and our Dad were double cousins and the best of life-long friends. Their discussions are legendary in our family, and we were kept up-to-date because Dick’s and Bill’s exploits were often discussed. What marvelous memories. What a family, and what a guy! He will be greatly missed, but always remembered.

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