AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Richard Visser, of Waite Park, formerly of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 78 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
INTERMENT will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Ogilvie.
Richard Marvin Visser, of Waite Park, formerly of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 78 years old.
Richard was born on September 9, 1940 in Crow Lake Township, Minnesota to parents Steven and Bertha (Dykstra) Visser. He attended Belgrade school through the 9th grade. He spent several years working for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) before entering the United States Army. Richard served overseas in Korea for 13 months working under the Engineer of floating bridges. After his discharge he returned home to Minnesota. Soon after, he and his mother took a trip to Washington D.C. Richard took a job as a Psychiatric Technician at the Cambridge State Hospital.
In June of 1967, at the age of 26, Richard was involved in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from the chest down. He spent more than a year in the hospital after the accident but in 1968, he moved in with his brother Maurice and his wife Kathy and their family. Richard loved playing hours of Pac Man with his nephews over the six years he lived with Maurice’s family. In 1974, Richard returned to Mora to live with his parents. When his mother’s health began to decline in 1983, Richard moved to an apartment in St. Cloud. With the help of his wonderful housekeeper, he spent the last 35 years there.
Richard’s life in St. Cloud was spent volunteering for many organizations, including the Republican Party, the Waite Park Legion, and the VA medical Center, assisting disabled veterans. He received a commendation from the governor for his service to the St. Cloud area. He was an avid stamp collector throughout his life and enjoyed several fishing trips on Lake Mille Lacs.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brother Kenneth.
He is survived by his siblings, Theresa (Melvin) Schruer of Princeton; George (Carolyn) of Louisville, KY; Arlene (Henry) Bos of Mora; Stanley (Phyllis) of Ogilvie; and Maurice (Kathleen) of Mora; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.