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Richard Tovson

Jan. 24, 1930-March 10, 2010

Richard A. "Dick" Tovson, 80, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

Dick was born the son of Arthur and Hazel "Toots" (Klomstad) Tovson on January 24, 1930, in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized on March 10, 1930 and confirmed on May 14, 1944 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Dick was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes. He excelled at sports, especially baseball and basketball. Dick graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1947. Shortly after school, he began working for his father at City Transfer.

Dick was united in marriage to Ruth (Dolly) Larson on June 30, 1949 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Audubon. In 1962, Dick purchased the business from his dad and continued to operate it until selling the business in 1984. He continued the trucking portion of the business until retiring in 1997.

Dick enjoyed golf, watching college sports on TV and visiting in his coffee groups with his close friends. He was an active member at First Lutheran Church. Dick was a dedicated family man and especially enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. The light of his life was his special granddaughter, Sally.

Surviving Dick are his wife, Ruth "Dolly" Tovson of Detroit Lakes; son, Tom (Audrey) Tovson of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Kris Tovson of Detroit Lakes; one granddaughter, Sally (Tommy) Shirek; one sister, Shirley "Sis" Olson of Detroit Lakes; numerous nieces and nephews; countless special friends; and his four legged friends, Greta, Brynn, Frieda and Rita.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Heart and Lung Associations or First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes. He would always want everyone to be fed; a donation to your local food pantry would also be appreciated.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 15 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in Oak Gove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

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