Richard “Dick” J Frohnauer, 91, Mandan, passed away Oct. 2, 2017, at Sunset Drive Prospera Community in Mandan. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, with a combined Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughter’s Rosary at 7 p.m. with 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 on 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 United States Navy and served as a seaman on the U.S.S. Clermont in World War 2. 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 safe driving. While in Bismarck, Dick met DeLores Zander while she was working at the 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 wife DeLores and every August, they spent a 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 is survived by his loving wife, Delores, Mandan; sisters-in-law Adeline Ziniel,  Mandan, and Clara (Matt) Sturn, Bismarck; niece and nephews, Mark (Julie) Duxbury, Paul (Laurie) Duxbury, Tom (Kathy) Duxbury, and Ann (John) Renaker; great-niece and nephews, Ryan and Andrew Duxbury, Sara and John Duxbury, Pete and Joe Duxbury; and brother-in-law, Nick (Mary Lou) Zander, Seattle, Wash. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marilyn; an infant sister; and brother-in-law, John Duxbury.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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