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Richard Gerlach

Richard Gerlach

May 15, 1926-April 26, 2013

Former Fergus Falls resident Richard "Dick" Budd Gerlach, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

He was born the son of Emil and Eleanor (Erick-son) Gerlach on May 15, 1926 in Fergus Falls. He attended Morris Ag School.

In 1947 he married Evelyn Pederson. The couple had two daughters, Kathy and Karen. He farmed near Foxhome for 40 years, and worked as a realtor in Detroit Lakes for several years.

Dick owned and operated Simison Marine on Pelican Lake for 20 years. For his final 16 years he worked at T.S. Recreational Salvage.

In 1986 he married Dorothy Steiner.

He was a member of the Elks and Flying Farmers of America, and a former member of Foxhome Lutheran Church, serving on the council.

Dick enjoyed flying, reading (he read the Bible twice), fishing and spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his children, Kathy (Jerry) Simison of Detroit Lakes and Karen (Alan) Arunski of Wentzville, Mo.; four grandchildren, Nathan (Sara) Arunski of St. Louis, Mo., Matt Arunski of Olathe, Kansas, Todd Simison of Detroit Lakes and Deling Vroman of Moorhead (originally of Quindao, China); and two great grandchildren, Sophie and Ellie Arunski. Also surviving is the family of Dorothy Steiner.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, with Reverend John Andrews officiating.

Interment was in Trinity-Faith Cemetery, Fergus Falls.

Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls was entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at