Richard Stephen Fleischhacker, 82, St. Martin, MN
March 15, 1933 – August 1, 2015
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in St. Martin for Richard Stephen Fleischhacker who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 1, after a short battle with multiple myeloma at Watkins Hilltop Healthcare Center. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2015 and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond MN. Parish Prayers will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Richard Stephen Fleischhacker was born on March 15, 1933 in Zion Township to Joseph and Anna (Gully) Fleischhacker on the family farm. He lived his entire life on the same family homestead and raised his family there as well. Richard was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church. He was baptized, made his first communion, confirmation and was married at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. He was a church usher for many years. Richard graduated from St. Martin School District 22 in June 1947.
On May 19, 1954 he married Clotilda Kalthoff at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming. From this union 6 children were born. They were married for 11 years. Clotilda passed away in 1965. On August 17, 1979 he married Eileen (Haggerty) Van Nurden at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in St Martin. They were married for 35 years. Richard was a dairy farmer until 1988 and continued to crop farm for several more years after that. He then became employed by Walmart of St Cloud for 18 years.
He was a member of many organizations; Paynesville Farmers Union 290 and was president for 20 years, Stearns Electric Association for 15 years and was board chair for 8 years, was a lifetime member and past president of the St. Martin Catholic Aid Association, Secretary of St. Joseph Men’s Society Chapter, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past president of St. Martin Parish Council. He was a member of the St. Martin Lions Club for 30 years. He was the District 5M8 Zone Chair for the Lions Club and Past Recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He was the Zion Township Fire Warden for over 30 years and was a member of the Paynesville Hospital Foundation board for 8 years. Richard also played cards with the Paynesville Cancerama club, and volunteered as a bus driver for Benet Place in St. Cloud for 7 years. Richard enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping, but mostly loved going up north. He played cards in St Martin, and he could visit with any person he met.
Richard is survived by his children, Ruth (Jim) Hormann, Dennis (Charlene) Fleischhacker, Karen (Joe) Becker, Donna (John) Porter and John Fleischhacker, and step-children, Tom (Veronica) Van Nurden, Bill (Ann) Van Nurden and Joanne Hatten; grandchildern, Angela Fleischhacker, Richard Fleischhacker, Michael Fleischhacker, Victoria Braegelmann, Stephanie Hormann, Katherine Leither, Jennifer Becker, Rachael Rusch and Jessica Stocker, along with 4 step grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren (and one on the way), 2 step great-grandchildren; one sister, Sr. Emericia Fleischhacker, OSB; 4 brothers, Ralph (Anna Mae) Fleischhacker, Art Fleischhacker, Merv (Rita) Fleischhacker, and Fr. John Fleischhacker, OSC.
Richard is preceded in death by his 2 wives, Clotilda on July 19, 1965 and Eileen on July 17, 2014; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Karen Fleischhacker; his brother, Bro. Roman Fleischhacker, OSC, and his parents, Joseph and Anna Fleischhacker, his father-in-laws and mother-in-laws, John and Gertrude Kalthoff and William and Olive Haggerty.
A special thank you to the staff at Watkins Hilltop Healthcare Center and CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Richard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.