Richard Charles Radde


Richard Charles Radde, 88, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Moorhead, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Pioneer House, Fargo, ND.

Richard was born on August 6, 1933, to Howard and Verene (Kubasch) Radde in New Germany, MN. He grew up in Watertown, MN, and graduated from Shakopee High School in 1951. He attended Concordia College in St. Paul, MN, and was drafted into the United States Military where he served his country with the Army from 1955-1957. Upon his return, he attended the Concordia Seminary in Springfield, MO, and was ordained in 1961. He was united in marriage to Lorayne Nissen in June of 1961. He served many parishes, including Cass Lake, MN, Allenton, MO, and Amherst, WI. He volunteered to serve his country once more in 1967, serving during The Vietnam War until his return in 1970.

Richard completed his PhD in Theology from the University of Erlangen, Germany in 1979. He served as a campus pastor at Moorhead State and as a Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Fargo. After his retirement, he served as an interim and substitute pastor for churches in the area.

Richard’s giving spirit called him to support two refugee families through Lutheran Social Services helping them acclimate to living in the United States. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, and fishing and loved teaching his grandchildren how to golf and fish.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Lorayne; daughter, Rachel (Martin) Schmidt-Radde; grandchildren, Oliver and Thomas Schmidt-Radde; sister-in-law, Helga Nissen; and many other loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Jacob Radde; parents, Howard and Verene; twin brother, Robert; and sister, Dianne.

The family of Richard Radde would like to extend a special thank you to Richard’s nephew, Aaron Nissen, for the care and support he provided.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., followed by the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at the Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Moorhead, MN. A livestream of the service will be available on Richard’s webpage at where a guestbook and video tribute may also be found. Final resting place will be at Trinity Faith Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN, at a later date.

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