Rev. Michael Richmond Sr., age 70, of Stanchfield died February 23, 2010 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27th at St. Louis Park Evangelical Free Church, 6805 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN. Visitation with the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred.
Rev. Michael William Richmond, Sr., age 70, of Stanchfield, MN, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.
Mike was born in Waterloo, Iowa on June 8, 1939 to William and Myra Richmond. Most of his young years were lived in North Minneapolis. On September 6, 1958 he married Gail Lundquist and they began their life together in South Minneapolis. Mike spent most of his working years self employed in sales and service. At age 55 he started a new journey and entered Bethel Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree in 2000. During that time, and in the ensuing years of continued seminary study toward a Doctor of Ministry Degree, Mike worked as pastor with various church congregations. Between 1997-2009, Mike was called to minister several Minnesota churches located in Lakeland, Lake Elmo, Benson, Maynard, Cook, West St. Paul, Worthington and twice in St. Louis Park. God encouraged him to use his life’s experiences, successes and failures, to help church leaders who might be working through church conflicts and in need of a pastor gifted in administration. Mike will be sadly missed, but his earthly struggle with cancer is over and now he is with his Heavenly Father in all the glory that Heaven has to offer. We are forever grateful to friends, Roger and Gail, for leading us to a personal relationship with Jesus so many years ago, a decision that empowered Mike to eventually have a ministry to share with those in need.
Mike is survived by his wife, Gail, four children; Michael (Sue), Patricia, Scott (Kayla) and Charles (Ruth), six grandchildren, Rachel, Briana, Caitlin, Quinn, Hunter and Taelin, as well as his mother, Myra Norholm, brothers, Kristian (Mary), Jack and sisters, Randi (Edward) and Shelley (Jerry). Family members who have preceded Mike in death are his father, William, step-father (Kristian Norholm) and his sister, Marlene Henk.