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Richard Francis Rondeau

July 21, 1923 ~ October 9, 2020 (age 97)

Richard Francis Rondeau, 97, of Chase, Kansas, passed away October 9, 2020 at his home. He was born July 21, 1923, in Richfield, Minnesota, the son of Fred and Martha Platzer Rondeau. Richard graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the class of 1940, and later received a Bachelor Degree in Education from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. He has resided in Chase since 1999, formerly of Belpre, Kansas. Richard served in the United States Navy during World War II from August 13, 1942 until his honorable discharge on December 28, 1945. He was an elementary school teacher in San Diego County, California, and he had also served as a deacon in San Diego, CA, and Belpre, KS of the Dodge City Diocese since 1975. Richard was also a chaplain at Larned State Prison in Larned, KS. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellinwood; and D.A.V. of Great Bend. On August 21, 1948, Richard was united in marriage with Margery A. Engelbert in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She preceded him in death on August 30, 2014. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Barbara Rondeau and Catharine Rondeau; and sister, Octavia Diehl. Richard is survived by his six children, Daniel Rondeau and wife Carol of Idyllwild, CA, Steve Rondeau and wife Debera of Escondido, CA, Teresa Lahar and husband Ray of Great Bend, KS, John Rondeau of Chase, KS, Jean Graham of Lyons, KS, and Amy Miller and husband Jeff of Temecula, CA; brother, Russell Rondeau of Minneapolis, MN; sister, Beverly Burgraff of Minneapolis, MN; twelve grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellinwood, with Father Terrance Klein officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Parish Rosary will be said at 7:00 P.M., Friday, October 16, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellinwood. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or DAV Chapter 27 of Great Bend in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.


 Service Information

Parish Rosary
Friday
October 16, 2020

7:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
214 N. Main
Ellinwood, Kansas 67526

Funeral Mass
Saturday
October 17, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
214 N. Main
Ellinwood, Kansas 67526


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