Ekholm, Richard E. Born: May 26, 1925 in Red Wing, MN. Died: May 9, 2013. Age 87, of Inver Grove Heights, MN. Dick passed away on May 9, 2013. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Beverly; children Anne, Paul (Laura), Bruce (Julie); daughter-in-law Jeanne, grandchildren Kirstin (Jacob), Erik (Courtney), Peter (Kaci), Björn, Kristia (Mike), Lisa (Zach), Anders, Annika, Kara, Britta; great-grandchildren Ada, Amy, Amelia, Laci, Madi, Chelsi. Dick was born on May 26, 1925 in Red Wing, MN to Ernest and Esther Ekholm, and graduated from Red Wing HS in 1943 in time to be drafted into the US Army for service in WWII. Dick served his country honorably as a motor messenger for both US First Army and Patton's US Third Army, participating in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach, the liberation of the Cherbourg Peninsula, 3rd Army's breakout pursuit across northern France; reduction of the Palatinate pocket; 3rd Army's attack into the southern shoulder of the Battle of the Bulge; pursuit into Bavaria, Czechoslovakia and Austria with last combat action fully 19 days after the German formal surrender on May 8th of 1945. Returning home to Red Wing, he met Beverly, the love of his life and they together graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950; Dick with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. They were married on August 19, 1950. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer and later for 3M as a designer of mechanical and clean room systems. Dick was active in his community, serving as President of the St. Paul Y's Men and as a 3M Visiting Wizard. Dick was known for his sense of humor, joke-telling ability, and love of his family and country. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. Funeral Service at AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1400 South Robert St., West St. Paul, MN at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2013; luncheon following. Visitation at 10:00 AM, 1 hour prior to the service. Private Interment Oakwood Cemetery Red Wing. Memorials preferred. Johnson Peterson Funeral Home 651-222-3220
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