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Richard L. Zunker, age 79, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.

Private services will be held for his family. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

A memorial visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Dick was born on June 29, 1931 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and graduated from La Crosse Logan High School.  He married Joan Loughan, also from La Crosse on February 5, 1952.  Joan preceded him in death on March 17, 2008. He entered the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and served domestically and in Korea during that conflict. 

Dick and Joan had four children, David (and Elizabeth) Zunker of Hilton Head, S.C., Diane (and David) Ross of Knoxville, TN, Debra (and David) McCloskey of Cascade, CO, and Daniel (and Kimberly) Zunker of Eden Prairie; seven grandchildren, Emma, Rebecca, Allison, Shainah, Kyle, Ryan and Alex; a brother, Tom Zunker and a sister, Joyce Blank, both of La Crosse and sister in law, Dorothy (and Richard) Poellinger of Onalaska, WI.

Dick was an athlete in his youth, playing football, basketball and baseball in high school.  He was a Green Bay Packer fanatic and treasured an extensive collection of Packer memorabilia, which he had collected since the Packers' "dynasty years" in the 1960s.  He continued playing and coaching sports, including softball, well into his 40s and golf into his 50s and early 60s.  He also stayed true to his military training, continuing as a member of the American Legion his entire life and serving as La Crosse Legion Roy L. Vingers Post 52 Commander in the mid-1960s. 

Dick worked for Trane Company in La Crosse after his years of military service and then moved to Faribault with his family in 1969 to take a position with McQuay, Inc.  He was a skilled mechanic and woodworker who spent countless hours working on fix-it projects and creating practical pieces from wood. 


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Name: Dennis McTamaney
Email: dmctamaneysr@yahoo.com
Date: Friday March 09, 2012

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It has been 30 years since I last saw your dad but the memories are still as strong today. The reason I ended up here today is the fact I was clearing out old papers and files the other day and ran across our softball team stats for the last year I played with your dad on Quinlans' soft ball team. What a hoot and what great memories of all those years not only working with your dad at McQuays but playing with and for him. My thoughts are with you.

Name: Sarah Smith
Email: sjsmith32zoogirl@gmail.com
Date: Thursday May 12, 2011

Memories

offering my condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Richard. I met him while i was delivering meals on wheels here in faribault. i always looked forward to delivering his meal and joke with him about the Packers and Vikings. :) He is missed for sure.

Name: Gregg Heinsch
Email: gheinsch@sbcglobal.net
Date: Friday January 14, 2011

Memories

Dear Deb and family, My heart sank to hear that Dick is gone. Losing a father leaves a hole in the heart. I'll miss hearing his stories and passion for the Packers--and seeing him at the golf course when I'm back in Faribault.

Name: RANDY & MARSHA BLANK
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Date: Saturday January 08, 2011

Memories

DAVE,DIANE,DEB,DAN, VERY SORRY TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF YOUR FATHER. SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE SITTING AT THE CHRISTMAS TABLE, LISTING TO GREAT GRAMPA ZUNKER SAY THE DINNER PRAYER IN GERMAN...DEEPEST SYMPATHY, GOD BLESS.

Name: Chuck and Lee Carr
Email: carr.chucklee2@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday January 08, 2011

Memories

Chuck and I have many good memories of times we spent with Dick and Joan. We met them when Chuck worked with Dick at McQuay. We moved here in the fall of 1969 and were invited to a party at their home - I think in the summer of 1970. Deb and our oldest girl, Connie we in the same grade. Dick became Chuck's barber as well as a good friend. Chuck and Dick bowled on the same team for years. Joan and I also became good friends and did lots of shopping trips and lunches, etc. together. Miss them both! Sorry can't be there now as we are in Arizona at this time.

Name: Ted Paulson
Email: tpaulson11@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday January 08, 2011

Memories

Dick was a neighbor and friend. We played softball for the OK bar together and in the Trane league. Our families were related thru Joyce and Don Blank.He was a good friend and mentor. I affectionately called him "Father" for many years. Rest in peace good buddy... Ted Paulson and Judy Paulson...

Name: Linda Kleinschmidt (Lancour)
Email: bill@abc-hobbies.com
Date: Saturday January 08, 2011

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Dearest Debbie and family, It is with my deepest sympathy and regret to hear of the passing of Richard. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Pamela Erickson Patrick
Email: pbepatrick@gmailcom
Date: Friday January 07, 2011

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Dan and Kim I'm so sorry for you loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and much love, Pam

Name: Mrs Edward J. Nagle Jr. (Elrose)
Email:
Date: Friday January 07, 2011

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I enjoyed being friends with your Mom & Dad very much at the Legion conventions, we use to have a great time playing poker with pennies and highest being dimes while tipping a few. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Name: David Loomis
Email: cen71222@centurytel.net
Date: Friday January 07, 2011

Memories

David, Dianne, Debbie, and Dan 2010bfh I deeply regret that I will ot be able to come to the service for your Dad. I have a long standing committment the same day that I need to attend. You all have my depest sympathy and care. He loved his wife, your Mom, very much. He love all you and when ever we talked he always exchanged great pridefull stories of each of you. As we all have grown older your Dad and I remained in contact and still always exchanged the information on the families. Your Dad was lost when your Mom passed away and struggled to handle her being gone. As you alll have grown up and scattered across the states I have kept in contact of where you have located. Jusy lasy May I had the pleasure of meeting Deb and having lunch with her and my son. You all will have to say your final good byes and let go. There are many things that have been good in your lives so reflect on those things. Let the bad go away because it only destroys you from within. Again, my smypahy to you all and best wishes for the ordeal you are about to go through. I am sorry I will not be there for support but I am but a call or e-mail for each of you to cantact if you need me for anything. Stay strong and hold your family together. Love you all, Dave Loomis