Richard M. Morken, age 84, resident of rural Pekin, ND, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Eventide Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake, ND.
Richard Matthew Morken was born April 24, 1934 in Lakota, ND, the youngest of four boys to Carl and Milda (Olsen) Morken of Pekin. He was raised in the area and graduated from Pekin High School. He then served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. Richard married Arlene Molmen of Pekin, the daughter of Arnold & Myrtle (Quam) Molmen, on February 25, 1955 at Sheyenne Lutheran Church. They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. Richard has served on the Pekin Elevator Board, Nelson County Water Board, and the Sheyenne Church Cemetery Board. He started farming when he was 21 years old and has farmed for 63 years. He was a good farmer; “farming was his life”. He was interested in most sports – baseball, especially, which he played for many years and his boys shared his interest. We love him and will miss him. God bless him.
Richard will be deeply missed by his wife, Arlene; 2 sons, David (Jill Tweed) of Pekin and Leslie (Carol Rivas) of Englewood, CO; 5 grandchildren, Paul (Shell) of Minneapolis, MN, Casey Strand (Brian) of Pekin, Lucas (Abby) of Jamestown, ND, Brody of Fargo, ND, and Carlie of Fort Collins, CO; 5 great-grandchildren, Sophia and Julian Morken of Minneapolis, Hadley and Hannah Strand of Pekin, and Bennett Morken of Jamestown.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Minor, Clair, and Robert.
The Funeral Service will be held at Sheyenne Lutheran Church, rural Pekin, ND, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Sheyenne Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND, on Monday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.