Elwood E. Richner, 89

Elwood “Woody” Elvin Richner, age 89, of Cokato, passed away peacefully at his home Jan. 23, 2021.

He was born April 14, 1931, to Ernest and Emma Richner. They lived on a farm near Rogers, MN.

At the age of 4, Woody endured a tragic farm accident which resulted in a traumatic brain injury. Woody remained in his home, in the care of his mother, until she could no longer care for him.

He was in and out of facilities until he came to Mykkanen Foster & Waivered Services, which he called home until his passing. He was cared for by many great staff throughout his life.

Woody was given the opportunity and support to live his life to the fullest. He got to travel and be out in the community to enjoy some of his favorite things; such as dances, bingo, and eating out.

Woody also worked at Functional Industries, which he called “camp,” until he retired in 2019.

Woody loved to be around people. Many of you may have been greeted with an “Old Soak” or other unmentionable names, along with an ear tug, and a belly laugh.

He loved to tell “tall” tales of him and his housemates going to the saloon and drinking beer. Woody did enjoy his beer (non-alcoholic), along with coffee, and pie.

Woody enjoyed watching the Three Stooges and Andy Griffith. He loved to go on van rides and sit in the front seat. He loved to have the window open, no matter what the weather was.

Woody would name all the things he saw along the way. Spotting a Jeep, camper, boat, or tractor, among many other pieces of farm equipment, would bring a twinkle to his eye. He also was a collector of many hats, glasses, and stuffed animals.

Woody was preceded in death by his parents; and two very special friends, Geraldine and Norman.

He is survived by a loving guardian, Barb Vigoren, many friends, and caregivers.

A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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