Richard Thunstedt, 1921-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 23, 2019

Funeral services for Richard C. Thunstedt, 98, of Alden will be at 10 a.m.  Monday at Bridge Community Church. The Rev. Clayton Balsley and Mark Miller will officiate. Interment will be at Alden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Richard Thunstedt

Richard Thunstedt died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Richard Clayton Thunstedt was born June 8, 1921, to Joel and Anna (Larson) Thunstedt in Willmar. He attended Willmar schools through 11th grade. In 1938, he moved to Hollywood with his family. Dick attended Hollywood High School for his senior year. He worked at Bank of America until July 1942, when he joined the Navy. Dick went through radio school at Texas A&M and was a radioman first class until he was discharged in 1946. He worked as the assistant manager in the loan department at Hollywood Sate Bank for the rest of the time he was in California.

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On June 21, 1949, Dick married Pearl Peterson and they moved back to Minnesota in 1957. After moving back to Minnesota, Dick farmed with Richard and Roger Peterson (PP&T) for 21 years. He then worked with his son, David, until his retirement. Dick attended Willmar Baptist Church and Bethel Temple (Assembly of God) in L.A., before joining Calvary Baptist (now Bridge Community) in Albert Lea. At Bridge Community, Dick helped start Youth for Christ, and was a deacon for 20 years and a youth leader for 8 years. He was also a member of The Gideons International.

Richard is survived by his son, David (Liz) Thunstedt; grandsons Jim (Deb) Thunstedt and their children Lauren, Lindsay and Kayla, and Eric (Steph) Thunstedt and their children Taylor and Brynn; and special friend, Phyllis Meyer.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; and parents Joel and Anna.

Memorials can be designated to Youth for Christ, Gideons or Bridge Community Church.