Richard Tangen
Richard Tangen
Richard "Dick" Tangen, 70, of Stewartville, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after courageously fighting a nearly two-year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dick was born on the family farm near Ostrander on Jan. 29, 1942, to Orvin and Cora (Moen) Tangen. He was baptized and confirmed at Bloomfield Lutheran Church and attended elementary school in Ostrander. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1960. Following graduation he worked for the Chicago Great Western Railroad, John Deere Tractor Co. and a cabinet shop.

In May of 1962, Dick volunteered and entered the U.S. Army, serving two years, including 13 months in Korea. Following his discharge, he was employed briefly at Crenlo, Inc. before joining IBM in Rochester in October of 1964 where he was employed as a machinist and tool and model maker until his retirement in 1994.

On June 28, 1969, Dick was united in marriage to Janice "Jan" Bishop at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester. They made their home in Stewartville where they raised their children in the home they have shared for 42 years. Jan was a homemaker and following his retirement Dick was employed part-time at 3-D Tool and Design, Pemstar and Benchmark companies. They were past members of Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester and were current members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander.

Dick was always involved with his children's activities including coaching summer youth baseball.

One of his greatest joys was becoming a grandfather and his grandchildren will always fondly remember him playing his guitar and harmonica while they sang and danced to the beautiful music. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed reading, gardening, playing his guitar, woodworking and watching all sports. He loved playing golf and belonged to a bowling league in Stewartville. A huge part of Dick's life was operating the Tangen family farm in rural Ostrander. He was proud of its designation as a Century Farm and that his two grandsons are the sixth generation to live on the farm.

Dick will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Jan; his children, Jennifer (David) Clementson of Lake City, Minn., and Matthew (Cindy) of rural Ostrander; his grandchildren, Laura and Johannah Clementson and Connor and Noah Tangen; a sister and three brothers, Roger of Spring Valley, Jon (Diane) of Eyota, Craig (Peggy) of Rochester, and his sister, Dorinda (Larry) Leutink of Hayfield; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an unborn son and his sister, Dorothy Bundy.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Jane Timmerman officiating.

Dick was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and they performed military graveside honors at his committal service at Bloomfield Cemetery in rural Ostrander.

The family prefers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Bloomfield Cemetery or to Mayo Hospice. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com