Richard Marvin Visser, of Waite Park, formerly of Mora, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 78 years old.
He was born on Sept. 9, 1940 in Crow Lake Township to parents Steven and Bertha (Dykstra) Visser. He attended Belgrade school through the ninth grade. He spent several years working for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association before entering the United States Army. He served overseas in Korea for 13 months working under the engineer of floating bridges. After his discharge he returned home to Minnesota. Soon after, he and his mother took a trip to Washington D.C. He took a job as a psychiatric technician at the Cambridge State Hospital.
In June of 1967, at the age of 26, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from the chest down. He spent more than a year in the hospital after the accident, but in 1968, he moved in with his brother Maurice and his wife Kathy and their family. He loved playing hours of Pac Man with his nephews over the six years he lived with his brother’s family. In 1974, he returned to Mora to live with his parents. When his mother’s health began to decline in 1983, he moved to an apartment in St. Cloud. With the help of his wonderful housekeeper, he spent the last 35 years there.
His life in St. Cloud was spent volunteering for many organizations, including the Republican party, the Waite Park Legion and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, assisting disabled veterans. He received a commendation from the governor for his service to the St. Cloud area. He was an avid stamp collector throughout his life and enjoyed several fishing trips on Lake Mille Lacs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth.
He is survived by his siblings, Theresa (Melvin) Schruer of Princeton, George (Carolyn) of Louisville, Kentucky, Arlene (Henry) Bos of Mora, Stanley (Phyllis) of Ogilvie and Maurice (Kathleen) of Mora; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rick Martens officiating. Military honors were provided by the Ogilvie and Mora American Legions. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.