Richard “Dick” Bruce Fjerstad, 89, of Aitkin, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019 in Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. He was born March 31, 1930 in Canby to Peter and Claire (Atchison) Fjerstad. Richard grew up in Minneapolis. He is a veteran of The United States Army who served during the Korean War. Richard was united in marriage to Jean Johnsen on July 9, 1955. Richard and Jean raised their family in Coon Rapids and retired to Aitkin. He loved living on Farm Island Lake and was affectionately called “The Mayor” by all of his neighbors. Richard and his humor will be missed by many people.
Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; son, Paul; his parents; brothers, Paul and Robert; sisters, Frances Holman, Margaret Kesting, Lorraine Ordemann, MariAnn Jones and Jody Burke.
Richard is survived by his children, Nita, Bruce (Deb) and Mark (Kim); grandchildren, Corrina, Todd, Elizabeth, Jason (Rebecca), Tammy, Eric (Megan) and Karla (Brett); great grandchildren, Bradi, Taelor, Luke, Lee and Faith; brother, Dean (Arlene) and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM in Hazelton Town Hall, 24248 US Highway 169, Aitkin, MN 56431. Interment with Military Honors will be Monday, July 15 at 11 AM in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.