Dec. 1, 1939-March 27, 2013
DETROIT LAKES – Mass of Christian Burial for Richard J. Carr, 73, of Detroit Lakes, will be at 1 p.m. today at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery with military rites provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League. Visitation is one hour prior to the mass.
He died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Essentia-St. Mary’s Health in Detroit Lakes.
Richard Jozef Carr, known as Dick, was born Dec. 1, 1939, in Ivanhoe to Thomas and Theresa (Sovell) Carr. He was raised and educated in Ivanhoe and Marshall, Beaver Dam, Wis., and Chicago, Ill. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 6, 1956, to Oct. 27, 1959. Dick was united in marriage to Joan Colburn May 18, 1963, in Marshall,. They lived in Marshall until moving to Mankato where he graduated from Mankato State College in 1967. He worked for National Poly Products in Mankato until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1972 when they purchased Neitzke Concrete Products and changed the name to CarrCrete. He became a realtor and was a realtor/broker for Century 21 and Counselor Realty from 1990 until the time of his death.
Dick was active in the Detroit Lakes area having been a member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, the El Zagal Shrine, Mt. Tabor Masonic Lodge, Ducks Unlimited, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, The National Rifle Assn., the National Assn. of Realtors and the 10 o’clock coffee group at Main Street Restaurant. In 2012, he was named the lakes area realtor of the year. Dick treasured his time with his family and proudly attended his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He especially treasured being referred to by his grandchildren as “Grandpa Duck.” He enjoyed traveling with friends especially to Hawaii and Mexico. He loved hunting, especially the trips to Camp O-Me-Mee with his hunting buddies; participating in sports collectables shows, running the Detroit Lake “Ice-out” competition each year and keeping track of the “daily winner” for the 10 o’clock coffee group. Dick was a passionate reader, and was honored that he was a winner of the veterans’ elk hunting trip to Cortez, Colo. He also loved to tinker and enjoyed helping others on a regular basis. He will also be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his ability to play unique practical jokes.
Survivors include his wife, Joan of Detroit Lakes; his daughter: Kari and her husband Tom Tschider of Detroit Lakes; sons: Christopher and his wife Amber of Maple Grove, and Chad and his wife Sarah of Minneapolis; grandchildren: Taylor, Matlyn and Lauren Tschider, Jozefina Carr and Devin Beach.; three sisters: Elaine Cain of Midland, Mich., Madge Romalia and her husband, Bruce of Chandler, Ariz., JoAnn Dinkel and her husband Dale of Beaver Dam and a brother: Robert Carr and his wife, Phyllis of Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Adeline Janz and Rose Ann Patterson.
The family would be honored if tributes would be directed in Dick’s name to one of the following: Wounded Warrior Guide Service Program, Rotary Scholarships, Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars or The American Heart Association. The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.