Richard L. Viereck, 73, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at his home in Libby. He was born on April 29, 1945 in Hallock, Minnesota to Clarence and Albina (Urban) Viereck. At an early age his family moved to a farm near Kimball, South Dakota.
Richard was drafted in 1966. While serving in the United States Army, he spent two years in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1968. A year later he married Patty Dossow. They moved to Libby, where he worked at the W.R. Grace mine for 21 years. After the mine closed in 1990, he worked at Stimson Lumber Co., at Libby Public Schools as a substitute custodian, and at Ace Hardware. He worked at Cardinal Hardware for several years, enjoying the people of Libby and his job. Richard said that when the freight came in it was like Christmas seeing all of those new tools. He then retired in 2011.
Richard enjoyed living along the river, puttering in the yard and sitting on the deck watching the hummingbirds and wildlife. Most of all he enjoyed his family and watching his young grandchildren grow up. He will be greatly missed!
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Harold Larter.
Richard is survived by his wife Patty; children Shannie Dean (Tom) of Tucson, Arizona and Rick Viereck (Brandi) of Libby; grandchildren Jason Dean, Alyssa Dean of Tucson, and Sierra Viereck of Libby; brothers Roger Viereck (Cheryl) of Libby, David Viereck of Kimball, South Dakota; and sister Karen Nedved (Bill) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.