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Richard Howard Hayden

Richard Howard Hayden, age 86 of Cokato, and formerly of Howard Lake, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 at the Cokato Manor.

Richard was born Oct. 23, 1918 in Guttenberg, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Ida (Burkhardt) Hayden.

He graduated from Guttenberg High School, where he played baseball, football, and basketball, having been chosen most valuable player in the state basketball tournament in 1936. Richard attended prep school for one year in Connecticut.

He went on to play baseball in the minor leagues for the Chicago White Sox. He also played baseball while attending the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1948 with a teaching degree.

Richard was married to Dorothy Luedemann in 1942, in Minneapolis.

Richard started his teaching career in Edgerton in 1948. In 1953, the family moved to Dassel, and finally settled in Howard Lake in 1956. Dick was the basketball coach in Howard Lake for 12 years, with a winning record of 86 percent.

He retired in 1980, after 32 years of teaching and coaching. Following retirement, Dick continued to enjoy golf, playing cards, reading, and watching sports.

His sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed.

Dick was an “M” man, having received his letter from the University of Minnesota for baseball. He was a lifetime member of the Minnesota Coaches Association, and a past member of the State High School League, as well as a charter member of the Cokato Golf Course.

Richard is survived by his children: Catherine, Thomas (Jan), Jeanne (David) Penney, Barb (John) Mahal, Mary, Susan, and Patricia (Brad); 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; and a son, Richard Hayden, Jr.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinitiy Catholic Church in Winsted, with the Rev. Paul Wolf officiating. Music was by Jessica Scherer. Interment followed in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were David Bleth, Josh Popp, John Mahal, Jr.; John Scheveck, Joseph Penney, and Wallace Trochlil.

Arrangements were by Swanson- Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake and Cokato.

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