Richard Duea | Obituary | Mankato Free Press


January 9, 1945
October 10, 2021

Richard A. Duea
Richard Allen Duea, 76 years old, of Springfield, MN, died on October 10, 2021 at St. John Lutheran’s Home in Springfield, MN.
The Christian funeral will take place on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Catholic Church of St. Raphael. Visit of the church from 12pm to 1pm.
The funeral will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Mankato, MN.
Arrangements with Storm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN.
Richard “Dick” Allen Duea was born on January 9, 1945 in Willmar, MN to Willard and Dorothy (Warner) Duea. Dick grew up in Willmar, Springfield and Mankato. In 1962 he graduated from Mankato Loyola High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He worked in various positions in the grocery store, including 23 years at Red Owl, and in the hospitality industry. Dick also owned and managed several properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He enjoyed all sports, played, coached and directed baseball, hockey and football youth and high school sports for many years, particularly at the Academy of Holy Angels at Richfield. Dick had season tickets for Minnesota North Stars and Vikings and could give you stats for most baseball players at all levels, including city teams across Minnesota. He moved to Springfield to retire in 2005 and was often seen around town on a 3-wheel bike. Dick suffered a serious fall in 2014 and became a resident of St. John Lutheran Home that year. He was an avid newspaper reader and crossword puzzle fan. Dick had lifelong friendships with former classmates and teammates, family get-togethers, and trips to see cousins ​​in Montana.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Donna and Glenn Schmitz, Sleepy Eye; seven nieces and nephews and their families; and cousins ​​and friends. Dick was preceded in death by Mankato’s parents Willard and Dorothy Duea.
Special thanks to everyone who has helped Dick in many ways, especially Mark & ​​Bev Clennon, all of the wonderful staff and volunteers at St. John Lutheran Home, and the nurses at Carris Hospice.
Memorials are requested to the St John Lutheran Home or St. Raphael’s Catholic School for their scholarship.

Published on October 12, 2021

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