Richard August (Dick) HeinRichard August “Dick” Hein, age 96 of the Audubon-Detroit Lakes, Minnesota area passed away on March 2, 2013, at Oak Crossing Transitional Care Unit in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Richard Hein was born on August 19, 1916, to Edward and Delphine (LaFromboise) Hein in Grafton, North Dakota. He attended school in Grafton. Dick lived and worked on the family farm and delivered milk for the family dairy. He lived an idyllic life until a food poisoning tragedy took his two older sisters, a brother, and his parents when he was fourteen years old. As a teenager, Dick worked on neighboring farms as a teamster and farm laborer. As World War II approached, he moved to Englewood, California, and worked for North American Aviation building the B-25 Bomber. He joined the Army Air Corp and trained as an aircraft mechanic. Later, Dick was selected for pilot training that continued until the war ended. Following the war he returned to Grafton and worked as an agronomist and field supervisor for American Crystal Sugar Company. Richard was united in marriage to C. Margaret Elton on August 17, 1947, at Audubon, Minnesota. In February of 1951 they moved to Audubon where they farmed until they retired in 1987. Dick was known for his outstanding dairy herd. His herd won many awards for conformation, and for many years the Dairy Herd Improvement Association recognized his herd as the top producing herd in the region.