Richard P. Gast

Richard P. Gast, 75, West Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021, in Bethany on University, Fargo, ND.

Richard Paul Gast, known to many as “Dick”, was born May 4, 1945, in Bismarck, ND, to Edward and Irene “Susie” (Krause) Gast. He attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Ben Franklin Junior High and graduated from Fargo Central with the class of 1963. He furthered his education at NDSU graduating in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. Dick played four years of tennis in both high school and college.

He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War from 1967-1969, spending most of his time on a gun boat along the Mekong River. Following his honorable discharge, Dick pursued his career in banking. On August 15, 1971, Dick was united in marriage to Barbara Jeglum in Grand Forks, ND. Dick worked as a trust officer for Fargo National and later First Interstate. He retired in 2004, as president of Ramsey Bank in Fargo.

During the summer months, Dick and Barb enjoyed spending their summers at their lake home on Two Inlets near Park Rapids, MN. They wintered in either Texas or Florida.

Dick loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing softball. Over the years Dick had many hunting dogs whom he loved dearly. He loved watching NDSU football and basketball and following the Minnesota Twins. Watching hockey was also a favorite, especially when his grandchildren started playing.

Dick will be remembered and missed by his wife of almost 50 years, Barbara of West Fargo; two sons, Scott Gast of Roseville, MN and Mike (Kelli) Gast of Moorhead; three grandchildren, Parker, Tyler and Brooklyn; one brother, David Gast; and sister-in-law, Sharon Gast

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Gast; and sister-in-law, Kay Gast.

A Private Celebration of Life will be held Monday, March 1, 2021, at 2PM in Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo. Livestream link will be available on Dick’s obituary page at or by visiting the church website.

Memorials preferred to LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Association) at: 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 or by visiting them online at

Arrangements entrusted to Korsmo Funeral & Cremation Service, Moorhead, MN.

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