Richard Graunke, 82

Richard “Dick” Graunke, age 82, of Buffalo, MN, passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

A private Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo. Inurnment with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano.

The Mass will be livestreamed with a link on the funeral home website at the time of service. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

Dick was born June 20, 1938, to George and Evelyn Graunke. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano.

Dick joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1956, and was stationed in Japan. After his honorable discharge, he was united in marriage to Frances Motzko on Aug. 12, 1961.

Dick farmed and also worked at the Red Owl warehouse. When he retired in 1994, it was then SuperValu.

After retirement, Dick and Fran enjoyed traveling. They traveled to Arizona and Texas for the winter, and later went on a 2.5-month trip to Alaska.

Dick also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn; siblings, Marlys Winsemann, Glenn “Bud,” Dale, Dennis, Barb, Frank, Ronald, and Judy Graunke; brothers-in-law, Leo Svoboda and Duane Poliwoda.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Fran; sons, Douglas (Shelly), Dave (Mary), Steve (Pam); grandchildren, Joshua (Sara), Lucas, and Emma (Hugh); siblings, Pat (Larry) Snodgrass, Lois Svoboda, Leroy (Blythe) Graunke, Roger (Ginger) Graunke, and Carol Poliwoda; sister-in-law, Audrey Graunke; and many nieces and nephews.

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