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Shortly after being spiritually prepared with his pastor’s prayers and readings from the Bible, Richard Lee Zick, age 87, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Watertown, SD, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in San Antonio. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown. Rev. Steven Anderson will officiate. Music will be provided by Vicki Krucker as organist with congregational singing. The family is requested to meet at the church on Saturday by 2:30 p.m.
Visitation will be at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Military graveside honors will be conducted by Codington County Post #17 of the American Legion, Watertown, and the Military Funeral Honors Team of the SD Army National Guard.
Richard was born on June 23, 1930, near Watertown, to Robert Reinhold and Lillian Iona (Daily) Zick. He was baptized on October 12, 1930. While growing up on the family farm, he helped with the farm chores and attended Waverly School nearby, where he graduated as valedictorian of his Class of 1947. Following graduation he worked in Watertown and spent time at the local skating rink, where he met his bride-to-be Lorette, sister to his brother Chuck’s friend Roland Mundahl.
Richard was drafted into the U. S. Army on November 29, 1951, and spent 15 months guarding prisoners of the Korean War where he was awarded four medals: the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He was released from active military service and transferred to eight years of Army Reserve on November 2, 1953. He came home to wed Lorette Mundahl on December 27, 1953. After living a few years in Watertown, where their first child Randy was born, they ventured to San Antonio to work with their brothers Roland and Chuck. Shortly after Shelley was born, they moved to Southern California for five years, where Richard began his life time career in the Post Office, and added sons Brian and Lynn to the family. Beginning of 1966 he transferred back to San Antonio to complete his 41 years of service, retiring on his 70th birthday.
Richard enjoyed traveling with his family and completed seeing all 50 states, as well as several countries around the world, with a 12 day cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea before Lorette’s passing.
Richard is survived by his children: daughter Shelley (Michael) Schulze, of Burnet, TX; two sons: Brian Zick and Lynn Zick, both of San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren: Crystal (Chad) Valentine, Heather Schulze, Melissa (Logan) Jones, and Matthew (Bailea) Schulze; one great granddaughter, Lillian Valentine; three siblings: Margaret Hanson of Milbank SD, Roberta (Roy) Thiele of Watertown, SD, and Carolyn Meyer, of Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous niblings.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Lorette, of 56-1/2 years; his son, Randy; his parents; and his brother, Chuck.