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Richard "Dick" John Walsh

Richard "Dick" John Walsh, 69, of Park Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at his home near Park Rapids.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids with the Rev. Donald Bird officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the spring in Arago Township Cemetery.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Brandt, Rex Linblom, Clyde Zirkle, Rodney Garden, Erlin Schultz and Dave Burkel.

He was born April 26, 1939, to Charles Emery and Julia Ethel (Olson) Walsh at home in Savannah Township. He grew up there and attended the local country school in Arago Township through the seventh grade. He went to high school in Park Rapids where he graduated in 1957. He married Sandra Mae Waterman March 21, 1959, in Park Rapids. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1956 to 1962; he belonged the Park Rapids Unit. In 1962, he founded Dick Walsh Forest Products. Throughout the years, he worked developing his business. He retired in 2007. His company continues today under the direction of his sons. He was a lifelong active advocate for the timber industry. He has been a member of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association since 1982. He served as an executive board member of the MTPA from 1990 to 1998, and as its president from 1996 to 1998. In 1997, he chaired the task force that developed the Minnesota Logger Education Program. In 1998, he was instrumental in establishing the Minnesota Timber for Humanities/Log-a-Load for Kids programs. He served on the Arago Township Board from 1990 to 2006. He served on the "Industries for Park Rapids" board. From 2002 to 2007, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Minnesota

Forest Resources Council. From 2004 to 2007, he served as a Bemidji Area Resources Council member. In 2006, he received the "Timber Harvesting" Logging Business of the Year award. He was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. He enjoyed working, hunting, lawn work and spending time with the grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; five children, Roger (Sherry) Walsh of Waconia, Minn., Robin (Jodi) Walsh of Park Rapids, Steven (Kristine) Walsh of Park Rapids, Anthony Walsh of Cambridge and Nancy (Jason) Eystad of Park Rapids; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Opal Myhres of Yakima, Wash., and Dianne (Roger) Diestler of St. Paul; two brothers, Donald (Pat) Walsh of Park Rapids and Dean (Joyce) Walsh of Park Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vernon and Harold; and sister, Doris Myhres.