Donald Patrick RichardMarch 17, 1947 –June 5, 2013
After a 2.5 year battle with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, Don found peace on June 5, 2013, at his home in Bozeman, Montana. Born in Dickinson, ND, he spent his young life on the family farm and ranch near Belfield, ND. Later his family moved into Dickinson and he graduated from Trinity High School the Class of 1965. College years were in Wahpeton, ND, where he received an associates degree in Tool & Dye. He took great pride in Don's Sportland, the very successful recreational business he created in Breckenridge, MN. He served in the North Dakota National Guard for six years. In 1988, Don moved to the Bozeman, MT, area. Working construction kept him busy and in great shape. Don also spent several years farming in North Dakota with his nephew, Byron. He was proud to be part of the first no-till farming in western North Dakota. Don loved to hunt. He especially loved the challenge of the backcountry elk hunt. Horseback riding, fishing, skiing, hiking, biking and camping were all passions of Don’s. He loved life. Don will live on in the memories of his best friend, companion and wife of 33 years, Charlotte (Lottie) Atterberg; daughter, Nicole Midboe; sisters, Kathleen Safratowich, Betty Counce, Sister Del Rey Richard, Leone VanVleet; and the nephews, nieces, cousins and friends that he loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Antonia; brothers, Billy and Leonard; and his sister, Rosalie Richard. If you wish to remember Don, he would like you to contribute to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, your local animal shelter or better yet take a kid hunting. A celebration of Don's life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at the home that Don built: 548 Wapiti Peak Trail, Bozeman. A mass and celebration of Don's life will be held in July, with date to be determined, in Belfield, ND.