Richard G. ElkenIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Richard (Dick) G. Elken, on July 29, 2012 in San Diego, CA. He passed away peacefully after a short illness, without much suffering. Dad was born in Mayville, North Dakota to parents Guy and Gladys, where he thrived through his high school graduation in 1940, helping Mayville High School to some basketball championships and other athletic glories. Dad followed the footsteps of his father Guy in attending Harvard University, where he played varsity basketball as a freshman and majored in engineering. Dad joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, graduating second in a meteorology class of 900. The Air Corps sent him to serve as a weather forecaster in San Francisco. After returning from the War, Dad completed his bachelor degree at Harvard and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the U. of Minnesota.
Dad met and fell in love with our beautiful and intelligent mother, Luci Evanson at a roller rink near Portland, ND. They enjoyed their life in the Twin Cities and Moorhead, Minnesota, where their four children, Dana, Tom, Karen and Leslie were raised. A cottage at Pelican Lake, MN was a frequent summer home, both when the kids were home, and later in life. Dad had a career both as an architect, designing many fine university, civic and commercial buildings in Minnesota, such as the Moorhead Public Library, and North Dakota; and a side career as a farmer in both states where he partnered with some young farmers to help them towards successful family farming careers.