Richard”Dicky” Englund, age 73, of Isanti passed away February 6, 2009 at home.Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 10th at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti with Pastor Howard Skulstad officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Monday, February 9th at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Long Lake Community Cemetery.
Richard Edward Englund was born February 5, 1936 on the family homestead in Bradford to Peter and Edna (Chilstrom) Englund. He grew up in rural Isanti and attended the Long Lake School. On July 26, 1958 Richard was united in marriage to Kareen Mabie at Long Lake Lutheran Church. They made their home in Minneapolis for three years before moving to Bradford where they remained for 32 years. Richard owned Englund Heating which he operated for 21 years. Richard also assisted Kareen with K’s Lunch Wagon for 13 years. In 1992 Richard and Kareen moved to Hinckley. Richard was a blackjack dealer at the casino in Hinckley for over 10 years. They then retired and moved back to Isanti six years ago.
Richard was a family man and every morning started his day on the phone talking with one of his brothers or other family members. He was a people person and enjoyed visiting and helping out around the ice arena in Isanti. He lived by many slogans including Keep it simple, Let go and let God, Easy does it. First things first and Live and let live.
Richard loved playing cards and also enjoyed eating lutefisk and pickled herring, watching wrestling on TV, watching birds and socializing. He was a member of Long Lake Lutheran Church, AA, Bradford Sportsman’s Club and a former member of the Isanti Lions Club. Richard was also on the board at Park View Apartments in Isanti where they lived.
Richard Englund passed away peacefully February 6, 2009 at his home at the age of 73 years and 1 day. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Albert, Clifford, Arnold, Carl, Wilford and Elton Englund, and one sister, Minnie Anderson.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Kareen; two sons, David of Isanti, and Doug (Alice) of Osceola, Wisconsin; one granddaughter, Amanda Kay of New Richmond, Wisconsin; four brothers, Clarence (Fern) of Coon Rapids, Aleck (Harriet) of Cambridge, Ernest (Betty) of Isanti, and Kenny (Jean) of Isanti; by many other relatives and friends.