Richard John Gapinski, 76
Waite Park, formerly of Sauk Centre
Oct. 28, 1937 ~ Jan. 6, 2014
At 9:45 a.m. on January 11, 2014, there will be memories shared with friends and family, and a Memorial Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m., at St Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, officiated by Father Greg Paffel.
Richard died at Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose, MN on Monday January 6, 2014.
He was born in Sauk Rapids, MN on 10-28-37 to John and Martha (Deppa) Gapinski. He grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated in 1955 from Sauk Rapids High School.
Richard helped his mom and dad clean at the Fairgrounds Ballroom in Sauk Rapids, MN. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956. He was stationed in Alaska and in Finland, MN as a Radar Technician until May 30, 1962 when he was honorably discharged.
He met his bride-to-be on a blind date and married Sharlene Ann Hubbell on Friday, December 13, 1957.
After the Air Force, Richard and Sharlene moved to Sauk Centre, MN where they raised 10 children: five boys and five girls. He was first employed by Silver Fir Sales in Sauk Centre as a truck driver, then promoted to lead inside sales associate for his uncanny ability to talk and sell wood products to his customers.
Together Richard and Sharlene purchased property on the edge of Sauk Centre by Fleet Supply, and opened their own lumberyard, called Dick's Lumber, Inc. He contracted with suppliers in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington State. He employed all five sons and one daughter until 1993 when the railroad discontinued service to Sauk Centre. He then worked at Manion's in Waite Park, MN until his retirement when he and his wife Sharlene traveled the country in their RV.
Richard enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, and hunting with his wife and children. He was a loving husband and father and always willing to help others.
Richard is survived by his wife Sharlene; his 10 children and their spouses: Liz (Dick) Wolbeck, Tim (Tina) Gapinski, Joy (Randy) Hittle, John (Lynell) Gapinski, Todd (Barb) Gapinski, Barb McMillan, Susan (Jim) Bakken, David (Gina) Gapinski, Kevin Gapinski and Judy (Chad) Arneson. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and brothers, Donnie (Jane) Gapinski and Jerome (Renee) Gapinski.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and sister and brother-in-law, MaryAnn and Ted Goedert.
Floral arrangements can be delivered directly to St Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 11th.
Published in the St. Cloud Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2014