Richard “Dick” Arnold Cloeter was born October 26, 1932 in Annandale, Minnesota. His parents were the late Arnold and Lola (Nollman) Cloeter. Dick attended country school in Friberg, Township, rural Ottertail County and graduated from the Henning High School with class of 1950. He served our country honorably in the United States Navy from August 31, 1951 to August 24, 1955. Dick was employed with Resorts Supply and Maintenance in Ottertail before and after serving in the U.S. Navy.
On June 24, 1956 Dick was united in marriage to Kathleen Ann Von Ohlen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Henning, Minnesota. Dick and Kathy made their home in Henning and were blessed with three daughters: Debra, Rebecca, and Shari. Dick was employed with Cordes Implement and then was the administrator at the Henning Nursing Home for 30 years retiring in 1994. He also assisted with funeral services for the Belmont Funeral Home for nineteen years.
Dick was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he served on various boards. He was a longtime member of the Henning Ambulance Service, serving 21 years, 34 years on the Henning Fire Department, and 25 years with the Henning Lions. He continued serving his community by involvement with Henning Development, Chamber of Commerce, and the Henning City Council. Dick was an accomplished vocalist singing for many weddings and funerals, and led the sing-along at St. Paul’s since 1984. He enjoyed fishing both in the summer and winter.
Dick peacefully entered heaven on August 12, 2019 under the care of Sanford Health, Fargo, North Dakota. Preceding him in death were his parents Arnold and Lola; sister, Rhoda Wellbrock and brother Herb Cloeter.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Kathleen; daughters: Debra (Donald) Miller, Henning, Minnesota, Rebecca (Todd) Peloquin, Keizer, Oregon, Shari (Jim) Haberer, Henning, Minnesota; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters: Margaret Grefe, Ottertail, Minnesota, Pauline (Rich) Riemer, Perham, Minnesota, and Carol (Herb) Hoefer, Portland, Oregon; brother: Rev. David Cloeter, Ottertail, Minnesota; many other relatives, a host of friends, and all the fish that are left in area lakes.
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