Richard Blake Wearne was born in Bloomfield, NE on November 28, 1944, the son of Richard and Marcella Wearne. On September 4, 1945, Rick was united in marriage to Karen Mayer at Burke, SD and to this union three children were born: Quentin, Marcy and Silkie. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern State College in Springfield, SD and was a teacher at Naper, NE for seven years. He farmed with his uncle for a short time and then spent 27 years employed at the University of South Dakota.
Rick was a caring husband, dad and grandpa. He was a generous man and loved God. Rick loved to go boating and camping on the Missouri River with his family. He was a member of Faith Fellowship Church for 40 years.
Rick is survived by his wife, Karen, of 56 years; Quentin (Roberta) Wearne of Lincoln, NE; Marcy (Kirk) Massey of Eagle, NE; Silkie (Shannon) Arne of Elk Point, SD; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Brent, Syble, Gregory, Russel, and Mark; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother. He went to be with Jesus on January 23, 2021 at the Centerville Care and Rehab Center in Centerville, SD at the age of 76 years. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
Published in KELOLAND on Jan. 26, 2021.