LONGVILLE -- Richard "Dick" Theodore Loucks, 76, of Blackwater Lake near Longville, Minn., passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Dick was born Nov. 16, 1928, to Theodore and Ruth Loucks in Aberdeen, S.D., where he attended high school, graduating in 1946. Dick then attended the University of South Dakota where he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. After college he entered the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 1951 and was discharged as a second lieutenant. Dick retired later from the Marine Corps Reserve after achieving the rank of captain. After his military service ended in 1953, Dick began a long career with the 3M Co. in St. Paul as an engineer and later was promoted to operations manager in purchasing. He and his family spent time living in the St. Paul area, Hartford City, Ind., and New Ulm, Minn. He retired after 35 years of service with 3M, moving from Woodbury, Minn., to a northern Minnesota home on Blackwater Lake. Dick served on the Woodrow Township Board for 15 years, Tri-County Leech Lake Project, Sky Blue Waters Joint Powers Board and was chairman of the Blackwater Lake Association.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, David, and his wife, Janet, of Southlake, Texas; daughter, Debbie, of St. Paul; brother, Jerry, and his wife, Norma, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sister, Pat Loucks, of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; his grandchildren, James, Teresa, Samantha and Zachary; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His parents preceded him in death. There will be a celebration of Dick's life, for his love of the outdoors, his leadership, and his inspiration to live, for his family and friends on Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Memorials will go to the family's wishes. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.
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