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Richard Gregory Needham, Sr.

June 24, 1965 ~ November 5, 2017 (age 52)

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November 12, 2017

3:00 PM
Red Lake Community Center
Highway 1
Red Lake, MN 56671

Funeral Service
November 13, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
15272 St. Mary's Mission Road
Red Lake, Minnesota 56671

Richard Gregory Needham, Sr., age 52, of the Bullhead Clan and Bemidji, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly in Bemidji, MN.  He was born to Douglas “Pugs” and Helen “Muggs” (King) Needham on June 24, 1965 in Santa Monica, California.

Rick loved his family and strived to let them know how often he thought about them.  He preferred to work outdoors and could often be found in paint covered jeans smiling after a long day.  Rick was always ready to have a hearty laugh with friends and family.  He would always be the one to smile first and tell a good joke.  Gentle and full of love, he always had a warm hug for his family, asking each of them if they were okay.  Rick was a good friend to many, a very hard worker, a skilled man and a friend to Peoples Church.  He did seasonal work for the White Pines Resort in Bemidji for many years.  Before starting with the resort in Bemidji, Rick lived and worked in Brainerd, MN and did a variety of maintenance work for many people and companies.  His youthful soul, genuine laughter and kind heart will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family that Richard is reunited with are his parents; Douglas and Helen Needham, brother; Douglas Needham, Sr., nephew; Douglas Needham, Jr., grandparents, and several aunties and uncles.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his children; Jessica (Adam) Stange and Ricky “Bubba” Williams both of Brainerd, brothers; Robert (Missy) Needham, Sr. of Redby and James (Tharen) Needham of Red Lake, grandson; Bentley Stange, aunties; Darlene “Wooda” Needham and Agnes King, uncles; James King, Sr. and George King, nieces; Emma Needham, Lacey Needham, Lisa Carter, Julieanne Cook and Sachene Needham, nephews; David Needham, Jordan Neadeau and Robert “RJ” Needham, Jr. and many other relatives and friends.

An overnight wake for Richard will begin at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 12th at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN and continue there until his 11:00 a.m. service on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake, MN.  Father Jerry Rogers will officiate.  Pallbearers for Richard will be Ricky Williams, Robert Needham, Jr., Robert Andrys, Josh Needham, Jordan Neadeau and Adam Stange.  His honorary pallbearers are Robert Needham, Sr., Margaret Rusch, James King, Sr., Keith Donnell, George King, Jerry Hume and Charmaine Branchaud.  Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery following services at the church.

Richard’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker.  Online condolences for the family may be left at  

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