Richard Gregor

Richard Gregor

Richard Dick Frank Gregor was born in Pine City to Frank and Lillian (Pavek) Gregor April 11, 1926.
Dick completed 8th grade in rural Pine City. Following school, he worked on the farm and took on various jobs around Pine City. He joined the Army in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1947. After his service in the US Army, he married Maxine (Tracy) June 6, 1948. In this union they had four children: Karen, Linda, Janet, and David.
He bought the family farm shortly after marrying Maxine, which they farmed for four years before moving to the Twin Cities. Dick worked for a building contractor for several years before starting his own company with his wife as his partner. They were very successful and built many homes, apartment buildings, and businesses in the Twin City area. They moved to North Branch in 1971, where they created Countryside Mobile Park along with many other construction projects. Dick lost his wife Maxine in 1985.
Dick married LaRose Tootie Lange Oct. 2, 1991. They made their home in an earth home he built in North Branch and later had a home built in Pine City. During their years together, they spent most winters in Mission, Texas where they made many new lasting friendships.
He was a very hard working man all of his life, so his last few years were very difficult for him not to be busy. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, tractor shows, and woodcraft projects. He had lived most of his life to the fullest.
Dick died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, surrounded by family at Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City.
Dick is survived by his wife Tootie, of Pine City, children: Karen Teich and her husband Jim, of Pine City, Linda Haug and her husband Mark, of Pine City, Jan Ekstrom and her husband Kirby, of North Branch, David Gregor and his wife Chinda, of Bloomington; 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Maxine and parents Frank and Lillian (Pavek) Gregor.
Reverend Vicki Vander Vegt officiated a memorial service with military honors for Dick Gregor at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City. Memorial visitation was one hour prior at the church. Inurnment was in Birchwood Cemetery.
Arrangements for Dick Gregor are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel, www.funeralandcremationservice.com.

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