Richard James Salim, age 49, of Kingston, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Annandale.
He was born Sept. 2, 1959, in Flint, Mich. to Mary O’Neill and the late Richard L. Salim. Richard was raised there for 12 years, and moved to Minnesota in 1971, graduating from Kerkhoven High School in 1977.
Following high school, Rick returned to Michigan, where he worked for his dad and uncle as a meat cutter in the family business. He partook in many professions, specializing in remodeling, specifically ceramic tile.
Rick moved back to Minnesota and was currently residing in Kingston, where he was employed by Firelake Manufacturing of Dassel.
Rick enjoyed camping, fishing, his candy, and bubble gum. He also loved to spend time on his motorcycle with his many friends. Rick loved life, his art, his family, friends, and fellowship. He entered eternal rest doing what he loved most, riding his motorcycle.
Rick is survived by his wife, Deb; mother Mary O’Neill of Kingston; sister Lisa (Howard) Refsland of Cokato; half-sister Michelle, and half-brother Glen (Dana) Salim, both from Michigan; daughters Angela, Christina, Lisa, and Jamie, all of Michigan; stepsons Nathan, Nick, and Josh; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and four step-grandsons.
He is further survived by uncles James (Deb) Lupino of Rockford, and Ted (Cheryl) Lupino of Pembine, Wis.; aunts Toni (John) Adado of Clio, Mich., Sandi Lupino of Rockford, Martie (Jim) Wendolek of Silver Lake, Pam (John) Zobova of Alabama, Shirley Zerka of Swartz Creek, Mich., and Alberta (Dr. Haleem) Issaq of Maryland.; special niece and nephew Rebecca and Jacob Refsland of Cokato, and many cousins; family; and very special friends.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Richard Salim; stepfather Joseph O’Neill; grandparents; and special cousins, John and Mike Adado.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
Visitation was Friday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.