Richard Zwart, 34, brother of Preston woman

Richard Zwart

Richard William Zwart, 34, of Fergus Falls, formerly of Lake City, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, from a medical condition.

He was born on March 1, 1984, to Todd and LouAnn (Lane) Zwart in Lake City.

He attended and graduated from Lake City High School where wrestling was his main sport. He enjoyed playing softball for Trinity Lutheran Church — Lincoln.

After high school, he held several jobs, but climbing towers was the one he enjoyed and talked about the most. He called his mother often to say he loved her and to read her poetry that he enjoyed writing.

Some of his hobbies were shooting pool, fishing and telling funny jokes or stories. He settled into the community of Fergus Falls in 2015. The community embraced him when he took up a paper route in the local business area. He often worked and volunteered at A Place To Belong.

He was a mentor to many who struggled with their hardships. He was caring, kind-hearted and would often give back to others. He enjoyed fellowship luncheons and devotional times.

He is survived by his son; his parents, Todd and LouAnn Zwart of Zumbrota; four sisters, Dawn (Anthony) Treloar of Rochester, Laura (Chris Martin) Liffrig of Preston, Sarah (Darrell) Carlstad of Dickinson, N.D., and Amanda Zwart of Hayfield and his paternal grandparents, James and Virginia Zwart of Zumbro Falls.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Wilma Lane; his uncle, Joe Lane and two cousins.

The memorial service for him was held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church — Lincoln in rural Lake City with the Rev. Dan Reich officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel.

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