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Richard Badger
February 4, 1925 - January 12, 2018

Richard Badger

Richard Badger
Feb 4, 1925 - Jan 12, 2018

Richard Badger
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Richard E. Badger, 92, of Rochester, MN. passed away on January 12, 2018 at Madonna Towers Benedict House in Rochester. He was born February 4, 1925 in Rochester, MN. to Robert and Verna (Searles) Badger. Richard was a graduate of Rochester High School. On September 8, 1945 he married Elizabeth Gilgenbach in Rochester. Elizabeth died in 2006. He served in the U.S. Army Pacific Theater during W.W.II from 1945 to 1946. After the war, Richard farmed with his wife, Elizabeth, in Cascade and Kalmar Townships until retiring in 1994.

He was a member of the Oronoco Senior Citizens Group, Olmsted County Farm Bureau and Agribusiness organization. Richard served as a director for the Peoples Co-Op for 33 years and director of First Bank Rochester. He was a 4-H leader and received the Olmsted County Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award in 1958. He received several certificates for his soil conservation practices. He enjoyed his involvement with "Breakfast on the Farm".

Richard enjoyed fishing and traveling. His hobbies also included woodworking and card playing. At Christmastime, he liked making caramel corn for family and friends. In 2010, Richard was a recipient of the Veteran's Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his children, Beverly (Pete) Delisle of Rochester, Patricia (Woody Fair) Whiting of Jacksonville, FL. and Richard A. (Marie) Badger of Lake City, MN.; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elizabeth, daughter Susan, three sisters and one brother.

A special thank you to Dr. Muhamad Y. Elrashidi, Mayo Clinic, Dr. Michael Messick and All Seasons Hospice staff for their care and compassion, and the staff at the Benedict House. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Seasons Hospice or Madonna Towers Benedict House.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN. and also, one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery Rochester.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 To share a special memory or condolence, please visit ww.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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Sue Stehr on Jan 22, 2018

So sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories of "Big Richard" growing up as neighbors. I know my parents, Cy and Darlene Veerkamp, were great friends with Richard and Betty and loved to get together and play cards. Now that their foursome is complete in heaven, I imagine there will be some more card games! Sue (Veerkamp) Stehr

Marian Huntley-Lickteig on Jan 17, 2018

My Sympathy to you all on the loss of a Loved One! Dick is my last Uncle, he is the same age as my first husband who passed away in 1976, years back I helped with house keeping during the big harvests, I had a nice visit with him on his 90th Birthday party. May He Rest In Peace! (Marian)

Muhamad Elrashidi on Jan 16, 2018

Dear Badger Family ~ It was a tremendous privilege to care for Richard. He had such a youthful exuberance and kindness that was evident from the first moment I met him. I will miss him very much and wish you all peace and comfort during this time. May he find rest now and please accept my condolences and my thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Bird Hamilton on Jan 16, 2018

Pat and family, We're so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was the best. He could hold a conversation with anyone and was kind to everyone. He was also, a great 500 partner. Our deepest sympathies. Bird & Jackie

Donna Anderson on Jan 15, 2018

Dear Girls, I am so sorry that you have lost your nice Dad.He was always a pleasant man and I remember both of you two as some pleasant and lovely gals. in Dist. 30 school and at your Dad's 90th party. I am writing this as I do not know if I can see you on Fri. or Sat. as I have given my car to my Grandson and am trying to find a ride, but wanted you to know that I am thinking of you at this sad time!!

marlin miner on Jan 14, 2018

I remember Richard and his family, My sisters and I attended country school together with his children. That was district 30 next to the Till Farm. My parents new Richard and his wife because of 4-H and school. Richard was the first farmer in the Rochester area to have a milking parlor on his farm, he always had a smile and fun to be around, I give you our sincere condolence from the Miner Family.

Mark and Kris Gilgenbach on Jan 14, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the whole Badger family. Such an wonderful man, made us smile every time we visited....A pleasure to know him and an honor to call him "Uncle Richard" RIP!!
Mark and Kris Gilgenbach

Susan Holz on Jan 13, 2018

Our condolences to the Badger family. Richard was such a great man - always having a big smile & warm laugh. Our families have been neighbors & friends for years. My family has such fond memories of Richard - a blessing to have known him. ~ Randy, Susan, Will & Stephanie Holz

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Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes
5421 Royal Place NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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20
Saturday
St. Pius X Catholic Church
1315 12th Avenue NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
10:30 AM

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