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Richard D. Dendinger – Obituary

Name: Richard D. Dendinger

Age: 86

Born: 02-21-1936

Died: 06-15-2022

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN, for Richard Donald Dendinger, age 86, of St. Cloud.  Pastor Bruce Timm will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at Daniel Funeral Home.

Richard was born on February 21, 1936 at Minot, ND, the son of Joseph and Alice (Sys) Dendinger.  He grew up on a farm near Glenburn, ND, attended country school and later high school in Minot, ND.  He graduated from Minot Model High School.  Richard was attending Minot State University when he was united in marriage to Geraldine Ann Wolff on August 29, 1957 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota.  Richard received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Minot State University, later attended and received a Master's Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota in Fargo, and still later earned his Doctorate Degree in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota in Brookings.  Richard taught high school chemistry while residing with his young family in Fargo, ND, then went on to teach for many years in the chemistry department at St Cloud State University, in St Cloud, MN until retiring in 1998.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, bowling, playing baseball and softball, vegetable gardening, trap shooting, helping with harvest on his parent’s farm, and going to farmer’s markets.  He loved nature and was a staunch conservationist.  He was a long-time member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN.  He was a member of the Izaac Walton League, Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and a very active member of the Democratic Party.  Richard was fascinated by chemistry and loved to teach!  Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine, of St. Cloud; three children, Michael of St. Joseph, Kim Dendinger-Nelson (Brent Nelson) of Litchfield and Daniel (Shirley) Dendinger of St. Cloud; three grandchildren, Michaella (Tyler) Kielty, Paige Nelson, and Meghan Nelson; one great grandchild, Dior Louise Davis; one sister, Debra (Charles) Sanderson of Devils Lake, ND; other relatives and many friends.

Guestbook for Richard D. Dendinger

Dale & Mabel Field
, friends
June 28, 2022, 4:22 pm
Dick was a very good guy, handled my finances during my run for office in 1985. We had good conversations about politics. Good memories. God bless his family during these times,
Derek Sanderson
, nephew
June 28, 2022, 1:50 am
Uncle Rich! Never got to see him that often but i remember as a child always being excited, he always had a dog. I believe i went to my first Twins game with him and my parents. I know he loved the twins and that's definitely something we shared. The last time I saw him he said he rarely misses watching the game. Everytime I turn on the games I'll always think of uncle rich!
Betsy Bettendorf
, Student
June 25, 2022, 11:37 pm
In 1971 I was a 1st quarter chemistry student of Dr. Dendinger who I very much respected. He was a great teacher and helped set the stage for me in my career and the pursuit of learning. My condolences to the family.
Warren and Jackie Bradbury
, Friend
June 25, 2022, 2:08 pm
We share your sadness. Dick was a good friend, an advocate for good education, and a good man. Surely you will be comforted by memories. I carry them, too.

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