RICHARD N. LUIKEN
Richard N. Luiken, age 90, of Faribault, died on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Faribault on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Daniel D. Mead, officiating. Interment will be in Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault with veteranís military rites provided by the Central Veterans Association, Faribault.
Visitation will be in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, August 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
Richard Nick, the son of Nick and Susan (Garret) Luiken was born on May 13, 1919 in Claremont. He attended school in Lake Crystal and served in the U. S. Army during W. W. II in the Pacific Theater and he was awarded three Bronze Stars. On December 5, 1945 he married Marguerite Elizabeth Olson in St. James. He farmed in the St. James and Faribault area most of his life and later was employed by Merrillís Faribault Bus Transportation and enjoyed mowing grass at the Dahle Sod Farms of rural Morristown.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marguerite; five children, Karl (and Nancy) Luiken of Savage, Jerry (and Suzanne) Luiken of Faribault, Brad (and Maureen) Luiken of Faribault, Julie (and Dennis) Brunner of Edmond, OK and Shari (and Robert) Flowers of Lawton, OK; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert (and Kathleen) Luiken of Lake Crystal.
He was preceded in death by his parents, eight sisters and three brothers.
A special thank you to the caring staff of Faribault Area Hospice.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Faribault Area Hospice or First Baptist Church, Faribault.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Richard -- but rest in the assurance that he is in Heaven and relieved of this earth's challenges. We have memories of him being tall and showing above the heads of many others in church services and crowds. There was no doubt that he enjoyed working outdoors in God's good black Minnesota soil. He was welcoming to us, and willing to share the bounty from his expert growing and gardening efforts. Our sympathies are extended to Marguerite and the whole family. May our Great Comforter meet all of your needs -- Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort 2 Cor. 1:3 -- Gene and Judy Matlock
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL TODAY AS YOU LAY YOUR LOVED ONE TO REST.
Dear Marguerite, I am sorry that I will be unable to be at the funeral. Please know that our entire church will be praying for you at this time of sorrow. We can thank the Lord that we know we will see Richard again in heaven. May God give you strength through this time. Roger Luiken