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Richard "Dick" Walvatne

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Richard "Dick" Walvatne

Richard "Dick" Walvatne, 80, of Sioux Falls, died Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center following a long decline associated with Alzheimer's Disease. A celebration of life will be held on June 19th for both Dick and his wife AnNette, who recently passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer. A gathering will be held at the Jasper Cemetery, Jasper, MN, at 1:30 p.m., with an open house to follow at 3:00 p.m. at Brandon Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD.

Richard Walvatne was born on July 22, 1935 in Sherman, SD to J. Wilman and Fern (Lockwood) Walvatne. Dick was the youngest of six children, including siblings Alice, Sherman, Wilbur, Darlene, and Janice. At the age of 5 years old, he moved with his family to a farm in the Twin Brooks, SD area. His father died when he was 14; the farm was sold and he moved to Jasper, MN, where he lived near his brother Wilbur and wife Lona. In 1952, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Hawaii during the last days of the Korean War and later onboard ship to the Arctic. He was discharged from the Navy in 1956 and returned to Jasper. Shortly after his return, Dick met his love and best friend for life, AnNette Lunning, who lived in nearby Garretson, SD.

On April 7, 1957, Dick and AnNette were united in marriage in Richfield, MN. They moved to Sioux Falls where they had three children: Kelly, Gary, and Susan. Tragedy struck the young couple early when their son Kelly passed away as an infant. In the late 1960s, they considered a move to Colorado, but instead purchased land east of Sioux Falls and built their home overlooking the Sioux River Valley, where they lived for over 44 years.

Following the Navy, Dick worked as a car and heavy truck mechanic. In 1962, he began working for the natural gas utility (Cengas, Minnegasco, and MidAmerican Energy) in Sioux Falls. He retired after 35 years, working in several areas: meter reading, meter repair shop, distribution line installation and repair, utility location, and warehouse manager. After a year of retirement, both Dick and AnNette worked in seasonal positions for the Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Department. During their nearly 59 years together, they were avid campers and travelers, enjoyed Dixieland and Ragtime Jazz, and journeyed to California and elsewhere for annual jazz festivals.

Dick is survived by 2 children, Gary (Julie), West Linn, OR, and Susan (Ronald) Lane, Sioux Falls; 6 grandchildren; a sister, Janice (Dale) Kockx; as well as AnNette's sister and brother, ArDette (Jerry) Gustafson, Edina, MN and AlRoy (Sharon) Lunning, Westminster, CO, plus seventeen nieces and nephews
Published in The Argus Leader from June 15 to June 18, 2016
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