Richard “Dick” Duane Marberg passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 23rd with his family by his side. A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1326 1st Ave. N., with a Reception to follow.
He was born 7-22-1928 in Grand Forks, ND. and moved with his family to Wadena, Minnesota in 1932. After graduating from Wadena High School in May 1946 he attended St. Cloud State where he received a BS degree in elementary education in 1950. He later earned a master’s degree in history. Upon graduation he was employed by Great Falls School District as an elementary education teacher.
Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1951 and was assigned to the Army Medical Services where he served as a combat medic at a battalion aid station reaching the rank of First Sargent. He earned a Bronze Star while serving during the Korean conflict. Dick was honorably discharged from the Army in June 1953.
In September 1953 he was hired to teach elementary education in Great Falls. In September 1954, at age 26, he was named principal at McKinley School. During his career he was selected as the first Principal of the newly built Meadowlark School in 1961. He was also principal at Lewis & Clark and Riverview before returning to Meadowlark school. He retired from the Great Falls School District in 1988 after 35 years.
In February of 1951 Dick married Dorothy Helgeson. They had 2 children Diana and Don. They were married for 48 years before Dorothy passed away August 22, 2000.
Dick met Carol Dennis at a “Grief Support” group session and they were married on November 11, 2001.
Dick leaves behind Carol, his 2 children Don, Diana (Mike Osborne), and stepchildren Steve Dennis (Katy), Sue (Ron Walker) and Sherrie (Szymeczek)Wills (Dale Wills). Granddaughter Kaitlin Osborne, step-grandchildren Quincey Szymeczek and Drew Walker. Dick was preceded in death by his parents Katherine & Sy Marberg, brothers Bruce and Donald Marberg, Dorothy Marberg and granddaughter Kelsey Osborne.
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