Rick Mogard, age 53, of Glenwood, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Prairie Lakes Health Care in Watertown, SD. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 13th, at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service officiated by Pastor Andy O'Rourke. Inurnment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Boyd, MN, in the spring of 2023. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Richard “Rick” Lynn Mogard was born on June 15, 1969, to David and Alice (Leasman) Wiebe in Montevideo, MN. His parents later divorced and he was legally adopted by his step-father, Dennis Mogard. Rick and his younger brother, Ryan, were raised in Dawson. There they attended Dawson-Boyd public schools and were members of Grace Lutheran Church. After graduating high school in 1987, Rick attended Willmar Community College where he earned an associate degree and later, he enrolled at Mankato State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. Rick was also an active member of the 934th Air Force Reserve, serving from May 3, 1988, until his honorable discharge on May 2, 1996.
In 1993, after his time at Willmar Community College and Mankato State, Rick moved to Cambridge where he worked as a manager at the local Fleet Supply. It was there that he met his future wife, Kari Link, who was working in the office as an assistant. The two were married on May 2, 1998, in Nisswa. They lived in Cambridge and Baxter before settling in Glenwood, where they built a home and raised their children. For the past several years Rick commuted weekly to Watertown, SD where he was employed as an account representative for Vallen Distribution, Inc. Known for his power of persuasion, it’s been said, “Rick had a B.S. degree in ‘B.S’. He could sell ice to Eskimos!”
Rick’s primary focus was Kari and the kids. His world revolved around them and his love for them guided all of the decisions he made. He was an attentive father, active in coaching and supporting youth sports. He participated in Fantasy Football league, collected old coins, and, inspired by the television show “Storage Wars”, he enjoyed seeking out local storage unit auctions to see what unique items he could “win”. He was a gracious host and looked forward to having family and friends over throughout the year for fun get-togethers like Festivus and the neighborhood fireworks display. His generous spirit, sense of humor and joyfulness brought fun to any event and to everyday life for those closest to him.
Rick died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, September 9, 2022, while in Watertown, SD, for work. He will be remembered as a loving family man with a strong work ethic, a kind heart, an infectious laugh, and an unwavering faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is that faith that gives peace and comfort to Kari and the children in these dark days, knowing that when Rick left this world he was welcomed into the loving arms of God, and because of His sure and secure promises to all who believe, they will all be reunited one day.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Kari, of Glenwood; two daughters, Jhaundel (fiancé Chad Schneider) Stauffacher of Perham and Allison Mogard at home; his son, Joshua (fiancé Haleigh Velde) Mogard of Glenwood; three granddaughters, Annabell, Alida and Layla; his parents, Alice (Roger) Janiszeski of Clarkfield, David Wiebe of Pueblo, CO, and Dennis Mogard of Olivia; his brother, Ryan (Stacey) Mogard and their children, Haley and Chloe, of Morris; his wife’s twin sister, Kami Unger and her children; his maternal grandmother, Helen Leasman of Clarkfield; his wife’s parents, Brenda (Daryl) Dutcher and Roger (Janice) Link; along with other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Kaye Wiebe in infancy; grandparents, Bruce Leasman, Marge Gordon and Velma Mogard; two uncles, Lynell Leasman and Raymond Gordon; as well as a brother-in-law, Ron Unger.