Richard Charles Sunde
April 17, 1931 ~ May 15, 2014
Richard C. Sunde, 83, Sioux Falls, formerly of Madison, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, SD, on Friday, May 30, 2014. Richard has elected to donate his body to science. Eventual inurnment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Richard Charles Sunde was born April 17, 1931, to Leon and Olga (Stephenson) Sunde in Madison, SD and he was raised on the family farm near Madison. Upon his graduation from Madison High School, Dick enlisted in the US Air Force where he served as a MP and in the Air Force Honor Guard while serving in Washington, DC. When Dick returned to Madison, he began working as the Assistant Manager of the Farmer’s Coop. On June 13, 1955, Richard married the love of his life, Janet Westby, in Sioux Falls. The couple resided in Madison while they raised their five children. Dick was very gifted in construction and worked as a carpenter for several companies including John Morrell, construction of the Western Mall, and maintenance at Dakota State College. In 1976, Dick moved the family to Sioux Falls. He worked in maintenance (carpentry) for McKennan Hospital until his “official” retirement. Not sitting idle, Richard started driving bus for the City of Sioux Falls and driving freight for Cross Country Courier. Richard and Janet were able to enjoy about 14 winters in Arizona. That gave them time to be with their son, Steve and his wife, Debbie. They cherished their time there and enjoyed every minute of it! He also used his woodworking skills to help construct the first trolley of Sioux Falls and was instrumental in the development of the Butterfly House.
Dick was a very generous and giving person and would do almost anything to help someone; even giving his body to the USD School of Medicine for study. He loved kids and volunteered with Scouts, coached little league baseball, and drove cheerleaders to local high school games. He loved to play with and talk to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church while in Madison. He had many hobbies and was very skilled in wood crafts and stained glass art. He created many wood carving crafts and nick-knacks for family and friends that are treasured by all. Dick loved to restore old cars. He did this when he lived in Madison. He was a member of the Horseless Carriage Club and drove his Model-T.
Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Janet, five children, Steve (Deb), Phoenix, AZ, Laurel (Mike) Eicher, Madison, WI, Joan (Jim) Clarke, Sioux Falls, David (Julie), Sioux Falls, and Paul (Christie), Sioux Falls; grandchildren Marissa (Zac) Cool, Chelsea Stein, Nicholas (Brianna) Clarke, Erica (Eric) Napier, Caleb (Samantha) Sunde, and Jules Eicher; great-grandchildren, Avery and Zayden Cool, Carter and Cambree Stein, and soon to be baby boy Clarke; and 6 siblings, Jim (Betty) Sunde, Madison, Lois Ronning, Sioux Falls, Dorothy Downs, Madison, Marian (Monte) Wiese, Madison, Marley (Jim) Smith, San Lorenzo, CA, and Midge (Jim) Kloster, Fargo, ND, and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Neva Smith.