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Richard "Dick" Mosca

October 17, 1929 — September 25, 2016

Richard “Dick” Mosca 86, of Barnesville died on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND.   Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville, MN with Father Gary LaMoine presiding.  Burial will be 9:35 AM, Friday, September 30, 2016 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.     Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Wednesday at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.   Richard Mosca was born on October 17, 1929 to Michael Angelo Mosca and Olive Mae Thompson in Los Angeles, California. Richard’s father was born in Sicily and his mother came from Canada. They lived in Los Angeles until Richard was 9 years old, before moving to Canada. He attended school in Winnipeg, Manitoba until 1947. In January of 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy; because he was only 17 he had his dad sign for him to enter the Navy. During his years in the Navy, he was a Chief Gunners Mate, a hard hat diver, and scuba diver.  Richard was stationed in China for a year and on destroyers during the Korean War; he then went to Japan. Richard received six medals: Good Conduct Medal; China Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; WWII Victory Medal; Korean Presidential Citation; and Japanese Occupation. He was honorably discharged on September 15, 1966. He continued in the Naval Reserve in Fargo for a year and a half.  Richard married Betty Mae Miller in Winnipeg on July 28, 1951. Together they had four children. His wife Betty died in November of 1964.  Dick moved to make a home with his children in Moorhead, MN.  He started working law enforcement with the Minnesota Patrol School in October of 1966.  He worked in the Two Harbors, MN district for 11 years where he lived with his children. He retired from the Minnesota State Patrol in July of 1990.  On August 24, 1996 Richard married Lucy Randklev at Assumption Catholic Church and they continued to live in Barnesville until his death.  Richard was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the VFW, American Legion and the Honor Guard. In 2000, he served as District 9 Commander in the VFW. Richard is survived by his wife Lucy of Barnesville; four children: Wendy (Richard) Shinn of Roseville, MN; Richard Dale (Wendie) Mosca of Las Vegas, NV; Gloria Bolen of Duluth, MN; and Andy Mosca of St. Paul, MN; five grandchildren: Jeff, Matt, Casey, David and Rachel; four great-grandchildren: Colton, Gabi, Mikko and Camila; and 2 step grandchildren: Brandon Randklev and Carissa Harvego; and numerous family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and first wife Betty. 
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