Richard Lundeen, 49

Richard Lee Lundeen, age 49, of Erie, PA, formerly of Cokato, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

His funeral service will take place Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at Elim Mission Church in Cokato, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Rich was born Feb. 11, 1966, to Barbara (Blaha) Moen in Minneapolis. He came to live with Ralph and Margaret (Peggy) Lundeen at the age of 13, and was later adopted into their family.

Rich graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1984. Shortly after graduation, he went into the Marines, and served his country from 1984 to 1991.

He married Amy Klingelhoets June 21, 1985. They later divorced, but remained friends.

After his military service, Rich met Gina Fallon and her daughter, Gabriella, who were very dear to him throughout the years.

Rich moved to Longmont, CO, where he developed an interest in bicycle racing, especially in the mountains. He volunteered with the Front Rangers Cycling Club, helping at-risk children by repairing bikes for them to ride in racing events. As a result of his volunteerism, he was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay from Cheyenne, WY to Denver, CO.

Professionally, Rich worked as a quality and training advisor in the field of transportation in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, he was employed by GE Transportation in Erie, PA, as a commercial trainer.

Rich was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara (Blaha) Moen; and his maternal grandparents, Norman and Ruth Blaha, and stepgrandmother Mabel Blaha.

He is survived by his parents, Ralph and Peggy Lundeen of Cokato; his twin sister, Cheryl (Mike) Mabin of Minneapolis; brothers David Juntunen of Minneapolis, and Steve Severson of Buffalo; adoptive brothers and sisters, Becky (Dan) Bravinder, Vicky (Paul) Neighbors, Randy (Phyllis) Lundeen, Patty (Spencer) Olson, all of Cokato, and Joel Lundeen of Williston, ND; along with many nieces and nephews.

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