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Richard John Fossum

05/23/1940 - 01/29/2018

Richard “Dick” J. Fossum, 77, of Virginia, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehab in Eveleth. A memorial service will be held Wednesday February 7, 2018 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Virginia Honor Guard. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Richard John Fossum was born May 23, 1940 in Virginia to Theodore and Leona (Richnofsky) Fossum. He graduated from Virginia High School where he was an outstanding athlete, playing hockey and football. Richard served in the U.S. Army. On May 8, 1971, he was united in marriage to Pearl Imberg in Virginia. Richard lived and worked in Virginia his entire life. He has spent the last 14 years struggling with health issues.

Richard loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a member of the Virginia Servicemen’s Club and a former member of the Chisholm Drum & Bugle Corps.

He is survived by:
Wife, Pearl
Children: Ted (Caren) of Lake Vermilion
Steve (Julie) of Buhl
Kay (Kelly) of Virginia
June (Bruce) of International Falls
Paula (Eric) of Blaine
9 Grandchildren
5 Great Grandchildren
Several cousins and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James

6 thoughts on “Richard John Fossum”

  1. David Rowe says:

    David Rowe

  2. David Rowe says:

    Pearl so sad to hear of Dick’s passing. You have my deepest sympathies to you and the family. We had many hunting experiences together and will surely miss him.

  3. Fred Belay says:

    Richard was a very good athlete and I recall that he competed in a high school ski jumping meet at Lester Park in Duluth in 1958. We were good at jumping off the dumps by the 12th hole of the golf course, but most of us had never jumped off of such a high wood structure like Lester Park. Richard and Dick Kulberg made it down but I remember crashing and breaking my white war surplus skis and almost my neck, too.

  4. Helen Menart Stimson says:

    Pearl, you and your family have my deepest sympathies … so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Hoa Sobczynski says:

    On behalf of Backus Community Center Board of Directors and Staff, we are so sorry to hear about your dad, June. You have our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  6. Carol Isaacson says:

    Pearl, as one of Richard’s caregivers for over 12 years, I came to know him as a friend, and will miss all the conversations we shared. Thank you for entrusting me to be a part of your lives. He will be greatly missed. I pray for God’s comfort and strength for you and your family.

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02/07/2018 at 11:00 AM
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4th Street South, Virginia, MN, United States

Visitation begins at 10:00 am