Richard E. Mengenhauser, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Richard was born on April 15, 1941 to Edward and Florence (Schroeder) Mengenhauser in Sioux Falls, SD. The family moved from Mitchell, SD to rural Moody County where he received his education at Bell School and graduated from Egan High School in 1959. Richard joined the National Guard Battery, 2nd Battalion, 147th Artillery and his unit was called up during the Berlin Crises. He married LaVonne Krogmann in September of 1964 in Flandreau, SD. Richard worked for Ahlers, Dale’s Firestone, Dale’s Alignment, Julson Motors and Ramsdell F & M. Richard married Becky Litka on December 3, 1992 in Flandreau. After retiring he worked for several area farmers. Richard was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, enjoyed restoring his tractor, NASCAR and his grandkids.
Richard is survived by his wife Becky, children, Stephen (Peggy Johnson), Mengenhauser, Brookings, Paula (Willie Turner) Mengenhauser, Sioux Falls, Seth (Katie Gagnon) Litka, Dell Rapids, four grandkids, Kaitlin, Kaden, Brennan, Finleigh, his mother Florence, Flandreau, brother Roger (Glenda) Mengenhauser, Boerne, TX, two sisters Jean (Jerry) Berger, Cedar Rapids, IA, Jayne (Kim) Verhey, Madison, sister-in-law Elena Mengenhauser, Madison and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his father and brother Garland.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Egan. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. scripture service at Skroch Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left at www.skrochfc.com