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Loren James Richards

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Loren James Richards

Dec. 24, 1928 - Oct. 5, 2013

BUFFALO LAKE - Loren James Richards, age 84, of Buffalo Lake died Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Olivia. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake with Pastor Don Malinsky as officiant. Burial will be Saturday 9 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Cemetery in Buffalo Lake. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the church and will continue there on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice. Arrangements by Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN.

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Loren James Richards (Jim) was born in Buffalo Lake, MN, on December 24, 1928, to Don and Alice Richards. He attended and graduated from Buffalo Lake High School in 1946 and joined the family fur business. Mink farming and the fur business was his lifelong love. Later, Jim owned and operated a meat processing shop in Corvuso, MN, for many years. He also farmed and sold insurance.

In 1950 Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served actively for two and a half years. Trained as an aerial gunner, he saw combat in the Korean War on a B-29. On October 23, 1951, historically described as Black Tuesday, Jim survived a bombing run over Namsi, North Korea, sadly losing six of the nine B-29s.

On June 18, 1953, Jim and Carol Johnson were married at the Methodist Church in Delano. This marriage was blessed with five children. They lived south of Buffalo Lake enjoying work, school, and life as a family. On June 18th, 2013, Jim and Carol celebrated 60 years of marriage with family.

Jim was a member of the Hector Masonic Lodge #158. He served in various posts in the local American Legion club #469. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church where he was baptized and confirmed. Jim was a member of the Commercial Club in Buffalo Lake serving two terms as president and was an active Rod and Gun Club member.

Jim was an avid reader and enjoyed writing with pen and paper to express his viewpoints to friends, politicians, and "Sid." He took great joy in sharing his opinions through his bi-weekly newspaper column called "Viewpoint." Whether a reader agreed or disagreed, there was never any question of Jims position on an issue. In retirement, Jim and Carol spent many years traveling and visiting family and friends.

He loved a cup of coffee with his BL friends, a good card game at the community center, and most of all, laughter and good conversation. He also found great interest in the outdoors whether it was fishing, hunting, or just watching nature. He was a jack of all trades. Those around him benefitted from his hobbies of woodworking and stained glass. "Jims Workshop" was his place of relaxation and a gathering spot for his grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol and four children and their families: son Michael (Michelle) Richards, daughter Cathy (Ken) Wallace, daughter Linda (Jon) Saunders, daughter Karen Coblentz (fianc Tim); grandchildren: Allison, Lauren, Nicholas, Chelsea, Dustin, Aubrey, Lindsey (A.J.), Benjamin (Kendra), Alec (fiance Emily), Ashley (fianc Randy), Don (Kayla), TJ, and Krista and great grandchildren: Josiah, Patrick, and Jace; his two sisters: Marilyn Wilson and Marlys (and Len) Burch and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and infant son.

Blessed Be His Memory

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service

320-523-1102 www.dirksblem.com

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