Richard "Dick" A. Trisko
September 19, 1947 - June 10, 2018


Richard "Dick" A. Trisko
Sep 19, 1947 - Jun 10, 2018

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Richard Albert "Dick" Trisko, 70, of Rochester MN spent the last hours of his life surrounded by his wife and children, as they sang him into a peaceful passing, on June 10th, 2018, as the midnight hour was close in hand

To describe all that Dick was and all that he meant would be futile. He was a husband, father, brother, grandfather, musician, actor, radio personality, Vietnam vet, and a friend. And beyond all those titles, he was a deeply kind man who put others first every time, who loved his family so deeply we are all changed for the better, and who was quick with a laugh, a smile, a compliment, and a song. He had a true gift with music that created a soundtrack to our lives and that of many.

Dick was born in Alexandria, MN on September, 19th, 1947 and raised on a dairy farm in Osakis, MN by the late Albert and Delores Trisko. He served his country as a Navy Corpsman and is a Vietnam Veteran. He traveled the country as a professional musician and worked in radio broadcasting for over 25 years. He married the love of his life and best friend in 1981. He and his family settled in Rochester, MN in 1993 where he lived the rest of his life, most recently as school bus driver for Rochester Public Schools.

He is survived by his wife Diane Trisko, children, Daughters Kimberly Pomeroy Reid and Tammi (Alexandre) Goethe, Sons Jay (Kaelyn) Trisko and Lane (Erin) Dwyer Trisko, grandchildren, Dillon, Cameron, Alex, Michaela, Xavier, Bella, Oliver, Sullivan, Hannah and Seth, siblings, Jan Roberts, Tom (Brenda) Trisko, and Jane (John) Chagnon, along with so many others who were blessed to call him friend and family.

A visitation will be held this Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, from 5pm-7pm at Gloria Dei Church.

A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held this Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 from 3pm-4pm at Gloria Dei Church, located at 1212 12th Ave, Rochester, MN 55901.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901

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Jan Faris on Jun 15, 2018

CandleSo Sorry for your loss, Dick was a great guy...he will be missed dearly.

Marie Neussendorfer Fraune on Jun 14, 2018

CandleMy condolences to Dicks family. We grew up as neighbors. His Mom was my confirmation sponsor. A great family. A cousin to my cousins. I’m certain he will be missed dearly.

Anthony Nelson RN on Jun 13, 2018

CandleOn behalf of the Rochester VA, I would like to extend our sympathies in the loss of your Veteran father and husband. Dick was always someone I looked forward to visiting with here, and over the years I considered him a friend.. He always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word on his lips. He will truly be missed.
Tony Nelson RN

Sharon Fearing on Jun 13, 2018

Diane I am so sorry to hear of that Dick has left this life to join his parents!! He was a wonderful man!! I remember him mainly from days in OHS. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!! Jim and Sharon Fearing

Hank Faber on Jun 13, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Dick, as we jammed together many times. He will be missed by everyone.
Hank Faber

Chuck & Mandy Wencl on Jun 13, 2018

So sorry we can't join you! Dick was a good friend and great bandmate. Many great memories (including the Alexandria Courthouse Lawn)

Nick Pease on Jun 13, 2018

Diane and family,
Very sorry to read of Dick's death. Many fond memories of our high school days We will be thinking of you in the coming days and weeks Nick and Barb Pease

Gene Frank on Jun 13, 2018

Randy Stuhldreyer, Gene Frank and Dick in studio recording "At The Water's Edge" CD.

Syl & Bev Schmidt on Jun 13, 2018

So sorry for the loss of Dick.we remember all the good times spent with him prayers for you all love and God bless Syl and Bev Schmidt

Mark L. Colbenson on Jun 13, 2018

Diane and Family: I can't tell you how heartbroken I was to hear this news. I have thought of Dick, and you, often over the years...and of course have told myself that when I was back in Rochester I'd call and get together with him...and we never do quite catch up. And now it's too late. Dick was a great friend and one of the nicest guys I've ever know. From our meeting at the Civic Theatre, to our Saturday mornings at the radio station we shared a lot of laughs and good times. When I was MD at the Civic Theatre, I used to look forward to his stopping in and having coffee with me. The old rock-and-roller will certainly be missed, but never forgotten. I'm so sorry I can't be there for the service, but know that you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers as Dick moves on to another plane. It was a blessing in my life to have known him...and I'll miss him.

Dan Perdue on Jun 13, 2018

I'm fortunate to have so many great musical memories with Dick over the years. He was truly one of a kind. My sympathies to Diane and his family. Dan Perdue

Jim Maher on Jun 13, 2018

I enjoyed just one remarkable experience with Dick, playing the Rochester Civic Theatre production of Grease with him. It was memorable because of Dick's quiet grace and warm, humble personality. His faith and joy were obvious. It was nothing short of a nightly blessing to sit with him backstage and share stories and soak up his kind words.

I look forward to seeing him on the other side.

Jim Maher

James Roberts on Jun 13, 2018

Here is one incredible individual. I would describe him as talented, thoughtful, kind, patient, a big heart.... Despite his many successes in life, Dick was humble. He always had a kind word and always encouraging. No doubt he is now an angel of the very highest order. We feel so blessed that we knew him. Jim, Barb & Brendan Roberts

Gene Frank on Jun 13, 2018

On way to Las Vegas to see the Beatles Love with Gene and Jane Frank

Carol Venteicher on Jun 12, 2018

Diane and Family,
I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful man this year as a driver for the Rochester Public Schools and there aren't enough kind words to describe Dick! A kind hearted soul who gave above and beyond- we had many conversations about his family whom he loved dearly. He will be missed by many- please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Carol Venteicher

Karen canzanello on Jun 12, 2018

Diane—so sorry to hear about your loss. I have found memories of his band playing at Join the journey.

Jan and Tom Sherman on Jun 12, 2018

CandleDiane and family,
Our hearts go out to all of you on the passing of your dear husband, father and grandfather. May precious memories comfort you all.
Jan and Tom Sherman

Steven and Elizabeth Schmidt on Jun 12, 2018

Diane and family, We just now heard of Dick's passing. No words can truly express the sorrow but his spirit will live on in those that he touched. Always know that we are just on the other end of the block if you need us Diane! Neighbors, Steve & Liz Schmidt

Erin (Muehlenhardt) Beck on Jun 12, 2018

Diane and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I have fond memories of him singing with my dad and know they are singing again in heaven.
Erin (Muehlenhardt) Beck

Betsy Melton on Jun 12, 2018

Dear Diane & family. I was so saddened to hear that Dick is no longer part of this world. He was a lovely, gentle man. I knew him when he was the singer and front man in the band in which my husband, Russ Melton played. Dick could be so sexy & romantic when he sang. I loved his radio personality too. It was fabulous when he met Diane and became a family man. I really appreciated him rallying to help Cam when Russ had his heart attack. I hope that you have lots of memories to carry you through this hard time. Please know that you are in the Meltons' thoughts & prayers. Sincerely, Betsy, Cam & Kenzie

Elizabeth (Betsy) Melton on Jun 12, 2018

Best Man: King Richard at Russ Melton's wedding

Erik Klitzke on Jun 12, 2018

Over the years it has been a great honor and privilege to call Dick my friend.

Christy Boyer on Jun 12, 2018

Our Hearts are hurting, plain and simple. We will miss kind face and beautiful song at church.

Our thoughts and with you and your families. Peace be with you all.

The Michael Family (Michael, Christy, Zach, Sydney, Melanie, Jon and Jake) Gloria Dei Family

Patty Wicken on Jun 12, 2018


The reprise of Gig, Wilk and Trisko at the Concert on the Courthouse Lawn, Alexandria, MN June 23, 2013, with Lane Trisko, Bob Wilken and the fabulous Dick Trisko performing for a crowd of hundreds. I remember him expressing surprise as the crowd continued to grow and grow and grow. He was surprised. We were not. He was so loved by this community.

Charlie Christopherson on Jun 12, 2018

Dear Diane and Family, I am saddened to the heart by Dick's passing! We have lost a giant from our midst! His heart, his talent for music, and his friendship will be remembered by all of us who knew and loved him! I will never forget the wonderful times singing with Dick and his band(s) at the various venues where they played, and at the family get-togethers we had after softball games where we were privileged to share his rare talent for singing and playing the guitar! I am especially indebted to Dick for traveling all the way to Park Rapids to play at Val's and my wedding dance, one of the best times of my life! Diane, our prayers and condolences are with you and your family , and may God be your strength and comfort.
Charlie and Val Christopherson

Jane Schmidt on Jun 12, 2018

Dear Diane and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. Sending love and sympathy. Take Care, Jane Schmidt

Ken Peterson on Jun 11, 2018

Diane-very sorryto learn of Dick’s passing. There’s a lot less music in the world with him gone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Linn on Jun 11, 2018

Diane, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed talking with Dick in May at the volunteer fair. Know that I am thinking of you today and always.

Don Affeldt on Jun 11, 2018

Sorry to hear about Dick. We played together in Alex. He let me use his red Gibson when he went into the service. Don Affeldt



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