Richard D. Flier, 87, was born on August 10, 1932 in Armstrong Iowa and left to be with his lord Jesus Christ on June 7, 2020. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth Flier, older sister Arlene and grandson Aaron Gangl. Richard leaves behind his wife, Glenda of 30+ years, sons, Richard J. Flier (June), Karl Flier (Karen), Randy Flier (Donna), daughters Cheryl (John) Gangl, Cindy (Ken) Kleinschmidt, Karen (Jim) Calgaro and step-daughter Terri Mathis. Richard is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 2 step-granddaughters and 26 great-grandchildren.
Richard left his family home during the Korean War in March 1951 to join the U.S. Air Force where he met and married first wife Margaret Barry who has since died. He served his country for 4 years most of which was at North East Air Command in Newfoundland. They then settled in Goodland MN. where he worked on the iron range for Butler Taconite near Nashwauk/Keewatin for over 31 years, farming cattle and raising his children.
Richard was a member of the American Legion for 65 continuous years. Beginning at Warba/Goodland Post #432, then to Onamia Post #395 where he also served as Vice-Commander and upon moving to Aitkin in 2000 transferred his membership to post 86. A member of Saint James Catholic Church. Able to retire from mining at a young age, Richard’s skills and drive kept him at jobs for many more years, until physical problems forced him to slow down, but still enjoyed supervising others at whatever they were doing. He loved golf for many years, traveling, fishing or just being on the lake, camping and sitting around the big campfire with family. He loved all animals, especially his dogs, Trixie and Eli who miss him tremendously.
Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. The Prayer Service will begin at 7PM. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 15, 2020 Funeral Service at Saint James Catholic Church , Aitkin.
Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Military Honors will be accorded by the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727.
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