Richard (Dick) Kakeldey

Richard (Dick) Kakeldey passed away on Thursday, February 18 with his wife by his side.

Dick was born in Fairmont, Minnesota in 1949. He married his high school sweetheart, Terry, in 1969. Dick earned his B.S. in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. He then earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1978. Dick began practicing law in Mankato, Minnesota. In 2016, Dick also started practicing law in South Dakota and split his time between their home in Pierre, South Dakota and Mankato until his death.

Dick taught Business Law as an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University for 15 years. Dick invested much of his time in his community and was involved in many organizations, including: ISJ/Mayo Foundation, Mankato Area Foundation, Leave a Legacy, among many others. Creating and maintaining relationships, whether through his work as an attorney or any avenue of his life was of great importance to Dick.

Dick loved his family and friends. He was not afraid to express his pride in them and honor their importance in his life. Dick was passionate about learning. In particular, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of wine, philosophy, religion and history, with those around him. One of his greatest passions was his grandchildren: Oliver, Sebastian and Finnegan. Spending time in South Dakota, hunting, fishing, sock fighting and "trouble making" with them brought him great joy.

Dick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Terry, his daughters Anna (John) Kakeldey Cooney, grandchildren Oliver, Sebastian and Finnegan of Minnetonka and Abigail (Ben Nikolas) Kakeldey of Minneapolis. Dick is also survived by his sisters, Ruthann (George) Jones, Ramona Kunard, Rosalyn (Jim) Grabianowski, Linda (John) Hoover; sister-in-law Janet Kakeldey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dick's honor can be made to the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Pulmonology Department.

Due to the pandemic, there will be a private gathering to celebrate Dick's life at a later date.