Richard Earl Omer La Voi, 86 of Bemidji, MN passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Gold Pine Home in Bemidji where he had been a resident for the past five years.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN with Pastor Tim Pomp officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Richard Earl Omer “Dick” LaVoi was born December 11, 1932 in Fosston, MN the son of Clifford and Viola (Swenson) La Voi. He was baptized and confirmed in Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston. He attended grade school at Willow Grove District 111 and graduated from Fosston High School in 1951. After graduation Dick worked at Land-O-Lakes Milk Drying Plant in Fosston for about six years and then went to work as a Service Technician for Gambell’s Store in Fosston, Minnesota. On August 27, 1960 Dick was united in marriage for Wanda Thompson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McIntosh, Minnesota. After marriage, Dick and Wanda moved to Crookston , Minnesota where Dick worked for Brent’s Music Center until February of 1961 when he transferred to Brent’s Music Store in Bemidji where he worked until 1970 when they decided to move to Anchorage, Alaska where Dick worked for Petrolane. In 1986, Dick and Wanda bought Camp Faribo in Faribault, Minnesota which they owned and operated for ten years before they retired and moved back to Bemidji, Minnesota. After retiring Dick was a volunteer at the Senior Citizen Center in Bemidji and Dick and Wanda volunteered at a local nursing center. Dick enjoyed working with wood and built many projects. He also enjoyed riding bicycle on the trails in Bemidji. Dick enjoyed singing and sang in barbershop quartets.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda La Voi of Bemidji, three sisters, Ann Liegman of Wahkon, MN, Jean (Fred) Berhow of Fertile, MN, and Joyce (Dale) Matte of Wahkon, MN and his brothers, Philip (Sandy La Voi of Green Valley, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Viola La Voi, a brother-in-law, Ike Liegman, and a nephew, Scott Liegman.
Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.