Richard Lee Engebretson died April 22, 2014, at age 67 at home.
Born Feb. 26, 1947, in Ortonville, Minnesota, to parents Ed and Martha (Struck) Engebretson. Richard served in the Army after graduating high school.
After his time in the service, he spent a short visit at home then he decided to come to Fairbanks in 1971 where one brother and one sister were already living and he never left. He worked for Wometco Theatre for more than a decade at the Lathrop Building, Lacey Street Theatre and the original Goldstream Theatre. After a short break he started working with his family at Larson's Locksmith and Security Inc. He became a skilled locksmith and will be sorely missed in the business. The last year or two he was only working part time because of failing eyesight.
He was a quiet man until you got to know him and if he was telling you a funny story, you would start laughing just because he could not tell it without busting up laughing. He loved to talk politics and Vikings football. His great-nephew Jeremy spent many hours visiting with him and talking football. After his passing, we found a quote he had written down, which said, "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting … Holy s---, what a ride!" He was preceeded in death by his parents; brothers Marvin, Benny, Roger and Glenn; sisters Betty, Marlys Radermacher, Marion Larson; and nephew Jerry Engebretson. He is survived by two sisters, Edna Paffrath, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and Barbara Baker, of Friday Harbor, Washington; brother-in-law Milnor (Bub) Larson, of Fairbanks; sister-in-law Rose (Lenertz) Engebretson, of Bird Island, Minnesota; nieces Rhonda (John) Morgan and Rochelle Larson, of Fairbanks, and Linda (Jeff) Worner, of Sterling; great-nephews Johnny (Lori) Morgan, Jeremy (Kara) Morgan and Jesse Morgan; and great-niece Jessa, who he always had a stash of candy and stickers for, all of Fairbanks. Along with many neices and nephews from Minnesota and South Dakota.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 11, 2014