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Child, father die after kayak overturns on Hart Lake in Hubbard County

Richard "Dick" Lubken

Richard "Dick" Lubken

Richard "Dick" Lubken died peacefully at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the age of 73.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 12th at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson officiating. Visitation will begin at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Dick was born on June 18, 1943 in Roseburg, OR to Dale and Lauretta (Schulke) Lubken. He graduated from Deer River High School in 1961 before attending Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN. He was a standout athlete playing football, basketball and baseball in high school and college. He was also a member of the Grand Rapids and Bemidji units of the National Guard.

In 1967 Dick went to work as a laborer at Lakehead Pipeline in Bemidji. On October 18, 1969 he married Colleen Teeters and they settled in Laporte. Together they raised two daughters. Dick enjoyed fishing, golfing, spending time with his friends and traveling. He was an avid Minnesota sports fan and never missed watching a Vikings or Twins game.

Dick worked for Lakehead his entire career, retiring as a Heavy Equipment Operator after 31 years in 1998. After they retired, Dick and Colleen moved to Cass Lake where they enjoyed making new friends and life on the water. Dick was the proud grandpa of four grandsons. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Dick is survived by his wife Colleen, daughter Julie (Mark) Haugen, Fargo; son-in-law Eric Massie, New Bern, NC; and grandsons Colin, Jack, Charlie and Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Jennifer Massie.

Casket bearers will be: David Hexem, Jeremy Hexem, Tony Hommerding, Spencer Potter, Bill Schulke and Rick Schulke. Honorary casket bearers will be: Gordy Beck, Lynn Houser, Don LaVoy, Arthur "Bud" Storlie, Tom Strasberg, Gary Widmark. Condolences may be left at