Richard M.“Paddy” McNamara, age 92, passed away at Prairie Lakes Hospital, on Monday, March 23, 2020. A Private family service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Crawford Osthus Funeral Chapel. The event will be lived streamed and available at www.crawfordosthus.com. Rev. Paul Janke will officiate. Music will be provided by Carol Janke. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Friday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service. A public memorial will be held at a later date.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gregg (Joy) Leibert, Jerry (Sally) Hofer, Gabe (Nancy) Aberle, Curt (Jill) Luken, Roger (Barb) Fritz and Rod (Barb) VanZee. Active pallbearers will be: Austin (Eryn) McNamara, Marshall (Christy) McNamara, Sarina (Jake) Hanson, Ciara (Brady) Jager, Stephen Larsen, Jim McNamara, Todd McNamara, Aly McNamara, Mitchell McNamara, Jered Petersen, Adam Petersen and Skyler McNamara.
Richard M.“Paddy” McNamara was born on June 26,1927, on the McNamara homestead, located 4 1/2 miles east of Hazel, SD to Harold and Mabel (Roe) McNamara. He was baptized October 17, 1927, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, SD. He was confirmed at New Hope Lutheran Church Rural Hayti, SD. He attended Oxford #7 school through the 8th grade and 1 year of high school in Thomas, SD. Richard helped on the family farm until he was drafted into the Korean War on January 11, 1951. He was sent to Ft. Riley, KS, for basic training. He served as a Motarman on the front lines in Korea for 14 months. He earned the rank of Sergeant. He received many medals and badges including: Combat Infantry Badge, United Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, Republic of Korean War Service, Ambassador of Peace Medal and the Korean PUC. Paddy was proud to service his country. He was honorably discharged at Camp McCoy, WI, on October, 11, 1952. He returned home and graciously helped his father farm.
On June 1, 1957, Richard married Nancy Jane Oakley. Nancy was his “sweet thing”. In 1960, they moved into the farm house. In 1962, they purchased the farm from his father and began farming and milking cows. Into this union, three incredible sons were born. They farmed until 1993, where they semi-retired. They stayed on the homestead until 1998. Their son Mark and his wife Jill moved to the farm. Paddy and Nancy moved to their home in Grover, SD. In 2005 they moved to a condo in Watertown.
Paddy was a man of all trades, there wasn’t much he couldn’t do. He enjoyed mechanics and welding. This came in very handy around the farm to do most of the repairs. He loved John Deere equipment. Paddy was always the life of the party. He lived life to the fullest. He was authentic, honest and a wonderful family man. He dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved camping, traveling, dancing, music and thoroughly enjoyed his winters spent in Arizona for 26 years.
Paddy was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 750, DAV and the American Legion in Watertown. He was a past president of the Hamlin Lions Club, church treasurer at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grover, SD, for 38 years. He was also a member of St. Martins Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Paddy is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 63 years; three sons, Michael (Lynda) McNamara of Watertown, SD, Mark (Jill) McNamara of Hazel, SD and Patrick (Tammy) McNamara of Lake Norden, SD; eight grandchildren: Austin (Eryn) McNamara, Aly McNamara, Marshall (Christy) McNamara, Mitchell McNamara, Ciara (Brady) Jager, Sarina (Jake) Hanson, Skyler McNamara and Stephen Larsen; eleven great-grandchildren: Jayven, Jayci, Jaylee, Emma, Wyatt, Isabella, Jaden, Maddie, Dawson, Preston, Kamden and baby Jager; four sisters-in-law: Verley McNamara of Harrisburg,SD, Linda (David) Petersen of Watertown, SD, Betty (Tom) Keifer of Excelsior, MN, and Ray (Ann) Galbraith of Bryant, SD; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paddy was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Billy McNamara, and a dear friend and brother in war, Jack B. Fine from Sallisaw, OK.
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