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Richard Jon Jaeger

03/12/1971 - 06/12/2020

Richard J. Jaeger, 49, of Victoria, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020. A memorial mass will be held Monday, June 22, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Deacon Greg Huter will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Richard Jon Jaeger was born March 12, 1971, in Ely to Frank and Lorraine (Snell) Jaeger. He graduated from JFK High School in Babbitt in 1989. Following high school, he attended Bemidji State University, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He then attended University of North Dakota and received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry. On September 29, 1995, he was united in marriage to Theresa Klassen in Ely. In 1999, the couple moved to Bloomington where they started their family as Emily was born in October of 2000. They moved to Victoria in 2003, where they raised Emily and created many memories.

Rick loved being in Babbitt, where he enjoyed 4-wheeling, fishing, relaxing at the family cabin, watching hockey and baseball. He also enjoyed smoking foods, corndogs, cooking, bowling, roasting polish over the fire, Tom Petty concerts. Rick was an active member of the Peter Mitchell Fun Days Committee, Co-Chair of the parade, and volunteered for many other events.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Theresa of Victoria/Babbitt; daughter, Emily Jaeger of Victoria/Babbitt; father, Frank Jaeger of Babbitt; sisters, Connie (Curt) Koivisto of Babbitt, Carleen (John) Flint of Grand Forks, ND, and Mary (Mark) Bodine of Babbitt; brothers, Michael (Sandra) Jaeger of Babbitt and James (Kevin) Jaeger of Bloomington. Father-in-law Jim (JoAnn) Klassen, mother-in-law Gail Best, sisters-in-law Patty and Jenna, brothers-in-law Bart and Michael. Along with, numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful companions, Astro and Gut.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine in 2018, mother-in-law Pat in 2003 and niece, Melissa Jaeger in 1981.

11 thoughts on “Richard Jon Jaeger”

  1. Danielle Costas says:

    Rick, what a life! You lived it well. Always such a good time with you around. Know you will be missed dearly. Dave’s going to have to fill in with the sports pools and that bowling will have a permanent echo. I am so sad to hear you’re gone. Big, warm hugs to your family. I’m going to miss that laugh. Thanks for adding life to my life while you were here. You are gone way too soon.

  2. David Kressler says:

    Theresa and Emily –

    I want to express my deepest regrets and condolences to you on Rick’s death. I only knew him for a little more than a year ago, when I joined Nuvaira. We shared many conversations about sports, work, and life in general. I am from Boston, so you might imagine my surprise when he came to work one day in his Red Sox jacket! He always lightened the mood when he was around and was the initiator of many fun employee events. I wish you the very best and I hope that you will rest in the belief that Rick is in peace and, I’m certain, is still with you in spirit.

  3. Judy(Bielejeski) Huset says:

    Sincere sympathy to the family

  4. We are still shocked from Emily’s phone call. We got to know Emily through our junior bowling program and thought so much of her we hired her. We then got to know Rick and he was truly one of the nicest guys at our center. He also filled in occasionally and everyone enjoyed being around him. They say the good die early and this is proof. Our hearts go out to his family. As tough as it is going forward, that’s what Rick would have wanted and we wish them the best.

  5. Luke Grocholl says:

    I’m so sorry. I was shocked when I hear Rick passed. Through bitterly cold winters, or even floods, I still have very fond memories of our time in Grand Forks, many of those memories thanks to Rick. He always brought a big smile and a sense of joy and humor to every situation. He will be missed.

  6. Ray Musich says:

    Sorry for your loss

  7. Mark Grant says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I will miss his fun and adventurous spirit very much. I got to know Rick through work and our friendship developed out of common interests in sports, concerts, and food. You will be deeply missed. My condolences go out to T and Emily and family.

  8. James Roberts says:

    I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

    Rick and I worked together and traveled to Conventry, Rhode Island many times for a project. Rick seemed to have unlimited energy. I remember being impressed with how easily Rick got up to speed on the complex equipment at that facility. But I was even more impressed with how quickly he built friendships and became part of that team.

    But mostly, I remember his laughter.
    Rick laughed often and when Rick laughed, everyone laughed.
    He was just that kind of guy.

    He will be deeply missed.

  9. Kathryn Thomasson says:

    My greatest sympathy for the family of Rick Jaeger. I remember him as a good PhD student when I arrived at the University of North Dakota. Remember the good times and Rick will always be with you.

    Kathryn Thomasson
    Emeritus Professor

  10. Kathy Reichel says:

    Theresa, I am so very saddened to learn of Rick’s passing. My heart breaks for you & Emily. I hope you find comfort in the memories made & the love you shared. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  11. Marvin Mills says:

    You have my deepest sympathy Teresa. May you and Emily find peace and comfort. God bless you.

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06/22/2020 at 11:00 am
St Anthony's Catholic Church, East Camp Street, Ely, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am