Richard D. “Dick” Genty, age 84, of Winsted, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was a 1944 graduate of Minneapolis Marshall High School, and a 1952 graduate of William Mitchell School of Law.
Dick formerly practiced law in St. Louis Park, and became a practicing Winsted attorney in 1960. He was also former city attorney for Maple Grove and Winsted; and served as chief public defender of the First Judicial District from 1967 to 1985.
Dick was known for his quick wit, love of his country, knowledge of the law, and generous community service.
He played a vital role in the location and purchase of the current Winsted Municipal Airport; and worked with others to set up the McLeod County Veterans Park in Hutchinson, where he was currently serving as vice president of the park committee.
Some other organizations that Genty served over the years were the area chamber of commerce, the American Legion, VFW, Holy Trinity Church and School, Knights of Columbus, and the Elks Club, and he was responsible for bringing Meals on Wheels back to Winsted about 10 years ago.
In addition, he was a former director and legal advisor of the Adult Training and Habilitation Center, as well as serving on the board; and a former board of directors member of McLeod Treatment Programs, an organization that provides temporary homes for displaced children.
In 1999, Genty received the Bishop’s Medal of Service from the Diocese of New Ulm.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joan E. Genty; children: Jan (Fran) Eggert, Richard (Roberta) Genty, Jr., John (Sharon) Genty, Cynthia (Steve) Ernhart, Teresa (Alan) Ohm, Kathleen (Mike) McGinn, Thomas Genty (Scott Schlaffman), and Maureen (Greg) Sevilla; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim (Pat) Genty; a sister, Lyla (Stan) Christianson; sisters-in-law, Betty Genty White, and Doris Thoreson; brother-in-law Bruce (Lorraine) Kirkwood; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Lyal Genty; a brother, Bill Genty; and a sister, Marnell Genty.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with recitation of a KC Rosary at 6 p.m., an American Legion Ritual at 6:45 p.m., and parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Memorials are preferred to Holy Trinity Church and School of Winsted, ATHC of Winsted, or the Winsted American Legion.
The Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted is proud to have served the family.