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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

RICHARD “DICK” LECOCQ

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Richard “Dick” LeCocq, of Mora, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 as the result of an ATV accident.  He was 72 years old.

PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL will be held at the Living Hope Church in Mora.

PUBLIC VISITATION will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Living Hope church in Mora.

INTERMENT will be at the Pliny Cemetery in McGrath.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place limiting the number of people allowed to gather together inside, the church space is going to be needed to accommodate Dick’s family.  Because so many will not be able to attend the funeral service because of these limitations, it will be live streamed through Facebook at Livinghopechurchmora. Please feel free to visit and like the church’s Facebook page at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 to watch the service live or any time after to watch a recording of the service. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Richard “Dick” Dennis LeCocq of Mora, Minnesota, died on July 3, 2020, in an ATV accident near his home on Knife Lake. He was 72 years old.

Dick was born on February 4, 1948, in Isle, MN, to Paul and Winnifred (Anderson-Erickson) LeCocq. The third of six siblings, he grew up on his family’s farm in McGrath, MN. He attended McGrath Elementary School, was a 1966 graduate of McGrath High School, and went on to study animal science at the University of Minnesota in Crookston, where he graduated with an Associate of Animal Science degree in 1969.

He purchased his first farm near Isle, MN, in 1971. It was there that he started his family, marrying Paula Adrienne Schenck in 1974, and raising two children – Alison and Ricky. In 1983, Dick and Paula bought a farm in Warman, MN, where they lived together until they divorced in 2003. Dick, Ricky, Bill Masurka, and other trusted friends and farmhands continued to work the farm until 2017, when Dick left the ranch life to pursue his other lifelong dream of owning a lake home.

Dick spent most of his career as a cattle rancher, while also operating a custom baling and hay business. In his later years, he worked for Tri County Livestock and Midwest Livestock as a cattle broker. Throughout his career, he was an active member of ranching and farming organizations, including the National Cattlemen’s Association, the Minnesota Beef Council, and he served as President of the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of the Minnesota Forage & Grassland Council and was proud to be an honored host of a farm tour which, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, showcased his farm management methods and test plot research. He also enjoyed supporting local 4H beef projects and volunteering as a 4H cattle judge.

As an active advocate and leader in the agricultural community, he and his family were the recipients of several awards, including: University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni of the Year, Minnesota Cattleman of the Year, and Kanabec County Farm Family of the Year.

Despite his family and farming demands, he still found time for an amateur baseball career that never seemed to end. A star pitcher in high school and college, Dick went on to play for numerous local area teams, including the Brainerd Bears, Hinckley Knights and Pine City Pirates. At age 65, he could still be found at the ball field, throwing junk balls as a pitcher for the Quamba Cubs, striking out batters one-third his age.

In addition to farming and baseball, Dick had a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing, but he found the most enjoyment in spending time with his family and friends, telling stories to anyone who would pretend to believe him – tales of big bucks and bigger fish, of miserable hunting expeditions where a LeCocq brother always almost died, and of his glory days on the basketball court and pitching mound.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Kenneth LeCocq.

He is survived by his children, Alison (Chad) Carda and Ricky (Carrie) LeCocq; grandchildren Simon Carda, Hazel Carda, Eleanor Carda, Agnes Carda, Brody Klink, Aubrey Klink, JJ Lance; his siblings Alvin LeCocq, Clarice (Jim) Mitchell, Bob (Vickie) LeCocq, Bruce LeCocq; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Grandpa Moo Cow, or Pa Ricker as he was known to many, was truly a character. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

35 thoughts on “RICHARD “DICK” LECOCQ”

  1. My condolences to Ricky and Allison and your familys in this sorrowful time. Hang onto the good memories!

  2. To the family of Dick, our deepest condolences in the loss of a truly great guy! We know he will be missed by so many. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around in the difficult days that lie ahead.

    Sincerely,
    Rod and Renee Martin

  3. Our Condolences go out to thee entire family of Dick. We are sorry to hear of Dick’s passing.
    We have known the LeCocq family since the 1950’s. Our parents, the late Knute and Mildred Johnson, have known Paul and Winifred since the 1930’s. Our late mother, Mildred, attended grade school with Winifred.
    I, Richard, celebrated my 8th birthday with a party at the LeCocq’s farm near McGrath, in 1964.
    We have many great memories of the LeCocq family.
    Rest In Peace, Dick.

  4. so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this time.

  5. We are so sorry for your family. Dick was always so good to at Special Meetings and Conventions. We had a bond through brother Kenny and it has lasted through the years. He is missed already. Please take care in this difficult time of loss.
    Luv, Jan & Bev

  6. Very sorry to hear about Dick. He was such a fun guy to chat with and met him in the 80’s re farming stuff. Cling to the memories and will be praying for comfort for the entire family.

  7. Thinking of you, and wish I could be there. Thank you for livestreaming it for those of us that cannot be with you. Feeling the heaviness of the days ahead. Love you.

  8. Our deepest sympathies in your loss. Dick was always so supportive of our boys in 4-H and when they sold their animals.

    Jon, Ann, Nathan & Nicholas Finifrock

  9. My deepest condolences. Dick was a great guy, we had the pleasure of his company when we taught in Isle.

  10. Please accept our sincere condolences. Dick and I were close friends when we were teenagers (1960s!). I visited the LeCocq home in McGrath, and Dick visited my family in Oklee. I moved away from Minnesota and saw Dick occasionally over the years.

  11. Thinking of you and your families.

    All hunting, fishing, baseball, horseshoes, and haying. So many memories and stories with this family.

  12. We first met Dick in 1996 as we needed hay for our cattle. He was always fair and straightforward.

    Our relationship became more than Business as we formed a real friendship for all these years since.

    We knew him as a true believer and he will be missed.

    Sincerely,
    Denny and Marilyn Vermeer

  13. Our deepest condolences to Ricky, Alison and family of the loss of your father. No word can really ease the pain in this sorrowful time. We love your Dad and he will be missed very dearly. We value the good memories we’ve had shared with Dick through the years!
    RIP our friend Dick!!

  14. So very sorry to hear about Dick’s passing . He and I had many talks over the years and the one thing that always impressed me was the love he had for his kids and how proud he was of them . I really enjoyed giving him a bad time and he could give it right back . I am going to miss him . Wish the best for you guys .

  15. We will miss Dick in our Sunday morning meetings! We always enjoyed hearing how his work experiences gave him spiritual lessons in life! It seems unreal that he is gone but we’re glad for the faith that he had. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ricky, Allison, Clarice, Al, Bruce and your families! He will be missed!
    With love and deep sympathy,
    Dale & Lynne Lund

  16. Our thoughts and prayers for your loss. I first met and worked with Dick at Central Livestock So. St Paul Stockyards and then at Rock Creek!

  17. Good memories of your dad and the LeCocq family in our growing up years. Enjoyed him in our union Sunday fellowship at Jerry and Ronette’s the past several years.

  18. My condolences to the LeCocq family during this difficult loss. Our families and fond memories go back decades. May God grant you all peace and comfort at this time and the days ahead.

  19. My sympathy to all the family. I spent some time with Dick as a teenager. Always a fun time.

  20. We are so saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. We worked with him in Human Resources when Central Livestock was part of CRI. He was always a character and pleasure to speak with. Condolences to his family.

    Mary Raether and Gale Blum

  21. Our sympathy to you and your family. Dick was a year behind me in school. May memories comfort you.

    Larry & Sandy (Eppenberger) Schoenrock

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