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Richard "Dick" George Lunzer

October 19, 1927 ~ March 17, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Richard "Dick" Lunzer Obituary

Richard "Dick" Lunzer passed away peacefully on March 17, age 96.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Gerry and son, Paul. He is survived by his children, Maureen Lunzer Quist, Katie (Kevin) Conneely, Liz (Ben) Wallace, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, sister-in-law, Bertha Lunzer and many nieces and nephews. Born on October 19, 1927, Dick was born to Mary & Mathias Lunzer in New Brighton, Minnesota. He grew up on a small family farm with his six brothers and four sisters.

The family moved into Minneapolis where Dick attended St. Phillips Catholic School and enjoyed singing in the boys choir at the church. He had a great group of neighborhood friends that hung out at Fairview Park near the family home on Aldrich Avenue.  After graduating from North High, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Okinawa, Japan. After serving in World War II, Dick returned home and headed to the University of Minnesota. He joined the ROTC and graduated with a degree in pharmacy. With the start of the Korean War, Dick again was called into service. His pharmacy education helped him when he was pulled into active duty.  He earned a Bronze Star for his meritorious service at the battle on Old Baldy where he supervised the care and evacuation of the wounded. With his willingness to jump in and help, he was called "Doc" by the other soldiers.

With the end of the Korean War, Dick headed back to the University of Minnesota where he earned his medical degree. He met his future wife, Gerry, and after graduation, they married at St. Olaf Catholic Church. The beginning of their marriage included long days interning at Anchor hospital for Dick. He decided to specialize in psychiatry. Dick and Gerry moved to Topeka, Kansas where Dick attended the Menninger Institute. While in Kansas, Dick and Gerry added twin daughters, Maureen and Katie and a son, Paul to the family. After graduation, Dick and Gerry returned to Minnesota where Dick started his psychiatry practice in St. Paul.  Dick and Gerry then welcomed a daughter, Liz and settled into Highland Park. It was a busy time professionally and personally but Dick and Gerry made sure there was time for family trips and summers at the cabin on Big Lake in Wisconsin. Dick also cherished his faith. Dick and Gerry were active at St. Gregory and St Olaf Catholic parishes. Dick loved music and singing in the choir at St. Olaf. He also participated in Cursillo. A weekly prayer group evolved and this group of dedicated men became a great source of friendship and support for Dick. He also loved spending time with his four grandchildren and his large extended family.

After Gerry passed away in 2021 Dick found community and support at the VA Hospital, Highland Path Assisted Living, and Carondelet Village - where he found great joy and pride in finally learning to swim at the age of 96 despite his double leg amputation. Whether he was swimming, going to Mass, visiting with his fellow residents or watching the Gophers, Vikings and Twins, Dick continued to enjoy life and share his love of life with others to the end. 

A visitation will take place from 3-6pm on Sunday, March 24 at O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home (575 Snelling Ave S., St. Paul, MN 55116). Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 25 at 10:30am at Annunciation Catholic Church (509 W 54th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419) with an interment following at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Olaf Catholic Church or Catholic Charities.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
March 24, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
O'Halloran & Murphy St. Paul
575 S. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Visitation
Monday
March 25, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Annunciation Catholic Church
509 W 54th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
March 25, 2024

10:30 AM
Annunciation Catholic Church
509 W 54th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Burial
Monday
March 25, 2024

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55450

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