Richard R. Lemke
Richard "Dick" R. Lemke, 86, of Lake City, and formerly of Mazeppa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System Care Center in Lake City. Richard Roland Lemke was born on June 11, 1930, in Red Wing, the only son to Frank and Leona (Lemmerman) Lemke. Dick was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Red Wing and confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Bear Valley. He graduated from the Mazeppa High School in 1948. Richard married Jane Miller on Oct. 21, 1950, in Mazeppa, and they farmed there until moving to Oak Center in 1956. He was a legislator from 1971 to 1978. Richard was state director of the ASCS for three years, House transportation director from 1978 to 1980 and lobbyist for REA from 1980 to 1990. He played with the Country Boys Dance Band for 10 years. Richard enjoyed spending winters in Arizona. His wife, Jane, passed away on Feb. 9, 1999, in Arizona. On July 24, 2004, Richard married Diane Fick-Siems at Lincoln Church. Richard is survived by his wife, Diane Lemke, Mazeppa; four children, Barbara Brown, of Rochester, Gayle Lemke, of Rochester, Beverly (Jim) Adams, of Zumbro Falls, and Michael (Kim Coy) Lemke, of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepchildren, Debra (Barry) Kautz, of Zumbrota, and Daniel (Jackie) Siems, of Granger, Iowa; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; two stepbrothers-in-law, Emery (Vicky) Fick and Gerald (Arlene) Fick, both of Lake City; and two sisters-in-law, Doris Miller, of Zumbrota, and Mary (Don) Lamb, both of Lake City. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jane; and brother-in-law, Richard Miller. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church - Lincoln, Lake City, with the Rev. Dan Reich officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Schleicher Funeral Home, Lake City, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Bear Valley, Mazeppa. Online condolences can be left at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com .
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