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Richard Minder

April 10, 1961 — June 17, 2015

Richard Minder, age 54, of Sioux Falls, SD, and formerly of Wilmot, SD, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Yankton, SD.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. All are invited to join the family for a prayer service following the visitation at 4:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wilmot. Burial will follow in the Wilmot City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday morning for one hour prior to the time of service.

Casket bearers will be Rich's nephews: Justin Solberg, Mack Minder, Dillon Solberg, Brandon Knutson, Cody Minder, Andrew Sparr, Caleb Carlson, and Jace Carlson. Honorary pallbearers include Dwayne Beck, Thomas "Chip" Simonsen, Mike Arbach, Mike Franken, Dan Sprecker, Rich's nieces: Kerri Minder, Theresa Kuipers, Alicia Knutson, Annie Minder, Mallory Minder, Rachel Sparr, and Katie Minder, and all of Rich's friends and coworkers.

Richard Armond Minder was born on April 10, 1961, in Watertown, SD, to Armond and Mary (Sweeney) Minder. He was raised on the family farm in rural Wilmot and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Church in Wilmot. Rich attended school in Wilmot, graduating from Wilmot High School with the class of 1979. He then attended NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND, where he graduated with a degree in architectural drafting in 1981. After his schooling, Rich moved to Sioux Falls, SD, and made his home there for the past 32 years.

Rich worked all of his adult life in the construction industry, most recently serving as a Construction Superintendent for Fiegen Construction. Rich served on his local township board for many years.

Rich enjoyed woodworking, playing pool, and motorcycling. He was an active member of a pool league and of "Those Guys" A.B.A.T.E. motorcycle club. He loved the outdoors. Rich was an avid hunter, camper, and enjoyed fishing. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them, always remembering each one on their birthday with a phone call. He died doing what he loved, spending time with his friends boating and fishing.

Left to cherish Rich's memory is his father, Armond Minder of Wilmot, SD; siblings: Wayne (DeeAnn) Minder of Wilmot, SD; Sam Minder of Wilmot, SD; Suzanne (Kevin) Solberg of Wahpeton, ND; Dan Minder of Summit, SD; Patty (Rick) Herniman of Wilmot, SD; David (Dori) Minder of Wilmot, SD; Steven Minder of Wilmot, SD; Barbara Sparr of Alexandria, MN; and Ellie Carlson of Hartford, SD; many nieces and nephews; and devoted partner, Kristy Smith of Sioux Falls, SD.

Rich is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Minder; and by an infant nephew, Trevor Carlson.


Heritage Funeral Home
4800 South Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Saturday, June 20, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


St. Mary's Catholic Church
804 3rd Avenue
Wilmot, SD 57279

Sunday, June 21, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


St. Mary's Catholic Church
804 3rd Avenue
Wilmot, SD 57279

Monday, June 22, 2015
10:30 AM


Wilmot City Cemetery

Wilmot, SD 57279

Monday, June 22, 2015
11:30 AM

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