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Richard L. Kingstedt, 59

Richard Lee “Rich” Kingstedt, age 59, of Howard Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born June 26, 1953, in Big Fork, the son of Orion and Anna Petrie Kingstedt.

Rich graduated from Buffalo High School in 1971.

He was joined in holy marriage with Gerri Otten Sept. 24, 1983 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with a daughter.

Rich formerly owned and operated King’s Café and catering. He also delivered cars for Morrie’s Ford.

Through the years, Rich was known for, and sold salsa.

He enjoyed cooking, grilling, barbecuing, helping people, and motorcycles. He also enjoyed music with a passion, and had a strong love for the Lord.

Rich belonged to Elim Mission Church in Cokato.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Gerri; a daughter, Andrea (Michael) Krekelberg of Delano; a sister, JoAnn (Wilmer) Hoyhtya of Cokato; a brother, Owen (Lois) Kingstedt of Montrose; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Larry (Gerri Lyrek) Otten of Howard Lake, Jeff Otten of Buffalo, Steve (JoEllen) Otten of Monticello, Pat (Larry) Darrow of Buffalo, and Bev (Scott) Averill of Howard Lake; other relatives, and many friends.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Dee Otten.

Funeral services took place Friday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato, with Pastor Russ Brown officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.

Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers were Michael Krekelberg Jr., Larry Otten, Jeff Otten, Steve Otten, Scott Averill, Larry Darrow, Jim Kreitlow, Bruce Severson, and Chad Erickson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.