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Richard Zwart -- Fergus Falls

November 27, 2018

The memorial service for Richard William Zwart will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church — Lincoln, 35933 County Road 17, rural Lake City, with Pastor Dan Reich officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Richard William Zwart, 34, of Fergus Falls, formerly of Lake City, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes from a medical condition on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.

Richard was born on March 1, 1984, to Todd and LouAnn (Lane) Zwart in Lake City. He attended and graduated from Lake City High School where wrestling was his main sport. Richard enjoyed playing softball for Trinity Lutheran Church — Lincoln. After high school, Richard held several jobs, but climbing towers was the one he enjoyed and talked about the most. He called his mother often to say he loved her and to read her poetry that he enjoyed writing.

Some of Richard’s hobbies were shooting pool, fishing, and telling funny jokes or stories. He settled into the community of Fergus Falls in 2015. The community embraced him when he took up a paper route in the local business area. He took extra time to greet and ask them, “How are you doing today?” He often worked and volunteered at A Place To Belong. Richard was a mentor to many who struggled with their hardships. He was caring, kind-hearted, and would often give back to others. He enjoyed fellowship luncheons and devotional times. Richard will be missed by many. May the love of Christ give you peace, joy, and rest for your suffering is over.

Richard is survived by his son; his parents, Todd and LouAnn Zwart, Zumbrota; four sisters, Dawn (Anthony) Treloar, Rochester, Laura (Chris Martin) Liffrig, Preston, Sarah (Darrell) Carlstad, Dickinson, N.D., and Amanda Zwart, Hayfield; and his paternal grandparents, James and Virginia Zwart, Zumbro Falls. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Wilma Lane, Lake City; his uncle, Joe Lane; and two cousins.

Friends and family may visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. The guest register may be signed at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.

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