Richard Reiersgord, 80, of Isanti died November 8, 2011 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after an intense bacterial pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Death came peacefully with his family by him. He was wonderfully cared for and cared about by the staff at the Cambridge Medical Center and at Abbott-Northwestern.
Richard Keith Reiersgord was born at Ulen, Minn., on Nov. 12, 1930 to Olaf and Mary (Alme) Reiersgord. He was raised in Ulen and Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School. Richard married Joyce Carpenter in Moorhead on June 8, 1957. Richard was an active Mason and was Past Grand Master in both Granville and Bismarck, N.D. He was also a member of the Elks and the Shriners where he held several offices and was a member of the Oriental Band. He was an active member for several years of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley before moving to Isanti. Richard and Joyce enjoyed 54 years of marriage. He conquered adversities and celebrated triumphs with great style. He raised 3 fine children who found 3 fine mates that increased his children to 6. The family passed on Richard’s attributes to his 6 grandchildren of whom he was so proud. After retirement, Richard and Joyce enjoyed “RVing” around the country for several years. They spent 15 summers at the Ham Lake Campground and made many friends in their camping experience. They enjoyed grilling, campfires, gardening and watching the sunsets with family and friends.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ernest and Leo and 2 sisters, Grace and Dorothy. Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce of Isanti; 3 children, Renee (Michael) Sievert of Coon Rapids, Keith (Vicki) Reiersgord of Allen, Texas, Shelly (Brian) Rychly of East Bethel; 6 grandchildren; 1 sister, Ethel Reuter of Medina, Ill.; 1 brother-in-law, Rodney (Judy) Carpenter of Jacksonville, Fla.; by his four legged little girl, Jetta; and by many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Friday, November 18, 2011 at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Clifton Hanson officiating. The pianist was Carol Marasco. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.