Richard McLain - obituary

Richard “Dick” Wayne McLain, age 83, of Isle, Minnesota, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away on September 5, 2019 peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept.21, at 11:30 a.m. at Wahkon Presbyterian Church in Wahkon. Pastor Bill Chadwick will officiate and burial will be at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Wright, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the start of the service at the church on Saturday.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Barbara of Wahkon; sons, Kerry (Lisa Peterson) of Coon Rapids, Dave of Coon Rapids, Rick (Monica Nicko) of Coon Rapids, Jeff (Donna) of Ramsey; grandchildren, Jenna, Josh McLain, Sarah (Chaz) Harrison, Mollie, Scott, Matthew and Maddie McLain; great-grandchildren, Sonny, Harlow Harrison and Justin McLain; sister, Marge Moen of Hermantown; former daughter in law, Kim McLain; Randy’s fiancé, Jackie Meyer of Becker and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings; son, Randy; daughter-in-law, Denise; and infant grandson, Joey.

Dick was born on September 23, 1935 to Walter and Gertrude (Edstrom) McLain. He grew up in Wright, Minnesota. He married the love of his life, Barbara Harp on October 2, 1954. The couple made their home in Coon Rapids where they raised five boys. In 2000, Dick and Barb built their dream home in the woods in Wahkon, loving the peace and serenity of the country. Dick was an avid outdoors man and loved spending time outside. He took his family camping and hunting any chance he could. He spent much of his time fishing with his boys and grandchildren; something they all fondly remember. Dick and Barb volunteered as camp ground hosts at Father Hennepin and Tettegouche State Parks. They often were joined by their grandchildren, where they taught them the beauty of nature and that truly the best things in life are free. Whether he was watching the birds or listening to gospel or country western music he was at peace. Dick enjoyed delivering ‘Meals On Wheels’ and visiting with the people he met. He was a kind, loving, compassionate man with a witty sense of humor and a catching smile. Most of all, Dick treasured his family. He was a loving and appreciative husband, proud father and grandfather. Our warm memories will serve as gentle reminders, bringing us comfort knowing he is soaring with the eagles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice.

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