Richard M. SislerRichard Mills Sisler, age 88 of Edina Minnesota passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 25, 2013. Funeral service on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church. Interment at Itasca Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.
Richard was born and raised in Grand Rapids MN and upon completion of high school enlisted in the Navy and became a pilot. With the end of WWII, Richard enrolled at St. Olaf College where he met who he called "The Diamond of his Heart," his wife Carol. After graduation he studied at George Williams YMCA College in Chicago, IL. Richard worked with the YMCA for 40+ years promoting a healthy mind, body and spirit. He was instrumental in building the West Central YMCA in Minneapolis before the family moved to Fargo, ND where he served as Executive Director of the Fargo YMCA for 18 years. Completing his career back in Minneapolis he worked for the national office of the YMCA. He was very civically minded and during his life many pancakes were flipped to raise money, buildings revived and spirits restored through his dedication to voluntarism and service work.