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.