Richard “Dick” J Frohnauer, 91, Mandan, passed away Oct. 2, 2017 at Sunset Drive Prospera Community, Bismarck. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan. Visitation will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a combined Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughter’s rosary at 7 p.m. and a parish vigil at 7:15 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Dick Frohnauer was born July 27, 1926, in Minneapolis, to Joseph and Helen (Michealson) Frohnauer. Dick graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1944. On July 31, 1944, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a seaman on the U.S.S. Clermont in World War II. He was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946. After he was discharged, Dick continued his education at the University of Minnesota and then transferred to Minneapolis Business College. Dick worked as a traveling salesman for Libby McNeil Canned Food in Minneapolis. When the crew was dismissed, he transferred to Bismarck where he found a job with the Coca-Cola Company in the Foods Division. He had a successful career and even won sales awards for salesman of the year and a safe driving. While in Bismarck, Dick met DeLores while she was working at Norwest bank. They were married on June 29, 1968.
Dick was an active member of the community and was involved in a number of organizations such as The Good Neighbor Club, Golden Age Club, and the Serra Catholic Organization. He was a life member for several other clubs including the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, The Elk’s Club, and The Eagles. He was a Christian man and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1968. Dick spent many hours enjoying God’s creation while hunting and fishing with his father. They would often go to Lake of the Woods with Dick’s nephews to cast line and enjoy the scenery. Dick’s pride and joy, however, was the small garden he tended in his backyard where he grew tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
Traveling was a major passion. He owned a motor home and would go on weekend camping trips with his DeLores and every August, they spent of week at the Driftwood Resort in Walker, Minn., with the Duxbury side of the family. This wasn’t all they did. In fact, he and DeLores traveled the world, going to Rome, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, France, Canada, and every state in the United States of America.
Dick was a gentle and quiet man who will be missed by those he left behind.
Richard will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Delores, Mandan; his sisters-in-law, Adeline Ziniel, Mandan, and Clara (Matt) Sturn, Bismarck; a brother-in-law, Nick (Mary Lou) Zander, Seattle, Wash.; his niece and nephews, Mark (Julie) Duxbury, Paul (Laurie) Duxbury, Tom (Kathy) Duxbury, and Ann (John) Renaker; and great-niece and great-nephews, Ryan and Andrew Duxbury, Sara and John Duxbury, and Pete and Joe Duxbury.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn; and an infant sister.
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