Richard James "Dick" Belka, age 68, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Frazee, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND with his family at his side.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, MN. Interment will be made in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Lunch will follow the service at the church. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012 at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee with the rosary at 6:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Dick was born March 9, 1944, in Perham, MN to Clem and Dorothy (Cole) Belka. He grew up in Perham and graduated from Perham High School with the class of 1962.
Following his schooling, Dick enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country from 1962 until his retirement in 1982. During his service he spent time in Vietnam, Korea, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines among other places.
Dick was united in marriage to Barb Parker in Perham in 1964. The couple made their home in Perham and were blessed with 3 sons: Duane, Roger and Scott.
After retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Illinois where Dick taught telecommunication technology at a local college. Dick and Barb then returned to Minnesota where they resided in Frazee. Dick's life was saddened by the passing of his wife, Barb in 1999.
Dick remained in Frazee where he worked for Arvig Communication until his retirement in 2008. He was united in marriage to Denise "Dee" Olson on September 2, 2000. Dick was blessed with the addition of Dee's daughter, LeAnn to the family. After retirement, Dick and Dee made their home in Moorhead, MN where Dick resided until the time of his death.
The couple enjoyed traveling in their camper, and playing a good game of bocci ball, or a good card game.
Dick also found great joy in giving back to the community. He was very involved in several organizations such as: Knights of Columbus, Heart of Lakes VFW Post in Frazee, the American Legion, St. Josephs Catholic Church in Moorhead, 4 Love of Dogs and was a Cooties member.
He was passionate about donating to the animal shelter, several Catholic organizations, and the Dorothy Day House. He also made hats and scarves to be handed out to those in need and also made hats for the newborn at the hospitals.
The last, very special gift he gave was the gift of sight that he donated following his passing.
Dick had a special friend in his Chihuahua, Jori. He was a loving husband, father, great grandfather, brother and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Dick is survived by his wife, Dee of Moorhead, MN; 3 sons: Duane (Lynn) Belka of Carmi, Ill., Roger (Donna) Belka of Bone Gap, Ill., and Scott Belka of Noble, Ill.; 1 step-daughter, LeAnn (Robert) Baukol of San Diego, CA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Colleen (Bill) Huebsch of Osage, IA, and Sherry (Neil) Tobkin of Willmar, MN; 2 brothers: Darrell (Shirley) Belka of Glyndon, MN and George (Judy) Belka of Dilworth, MN; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Barb; and 2 sisters: Carol and Jacqueline Belka.