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Richard J. Flaten

Richard J Flaten August 15,1957 - December 29,2019 If the contest was an infectious laugh, great smile, and ginormous dimples - Richard was the winner. These are the same attributes that allowed him a free pass all too often in the shenanigans arena. Blessed with a loving family and great friends, Rich packed a lot life into his 62 years period. His love for all things outdoors never ended. Starting with team sports in Williston, to hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and photography across many states - he was at his best in that environment. The only thing that trumped his love of the outdoors was the love of his family. It was always with much excitement when a baby was added to his clan. Rich and his first wife Michele, had three beloved sons - Toston Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Erik Flaten and his fiance Darrian. His family lovingly extended with his second wife Sandy to include - Brandon Farris and wife Ann, Cody Farris and fiance Loleni, and Tony Johnson and wife Kylee. Then came the new loves of his life, the grandbabies - Alyze Farris, Kayleb Farris, Jayce Flaten, Tehya Johnson, Kason Johnson, and Emma Flaten. Accomplished electrician was on his resume, but his skills went well beyond electrical work. He could handle mechanical, carpentry, brickwork, or whatever was necessary; guess one could say he was a jack of all trades. We take great comfort in the fact that Richard is safely wrapped in the warm and gentle embrace of our Lord and Savior. Like everyone, his journey had some bumps in the road, but he has arrived at the destination we all seek. Rest in peace dear Richard. Rich is survived by his wife Sandy Flaten, his 6 children and 6 grandchildren, his sister Laura English and husband Don of Texas, his sister Karen Verdura and husband john of Texas, his brother Roger Flaten and wife Sandy of North Dakota, his sister Loretta Torgerson and husband Tom of Oklahoma, many nieces and nephews - and is preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and Lawrence Flaten. Richard will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Condolences for family can be left at www.foxfh.com.

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Flaten Family, So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Had a lot of good times with him and Roger. RIP my friend. Leon

Leon Helstad Jan 9 2020 2:13 PM

Richard was a great guy and as loyal and honest as anyone I knew. Such sad news to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Wonderful memories.

Ken Black Jan 5 2020 7:09 PM

So sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was such a great guy with an infectious smile. He will be missed.

Lori Kirby Jan 4 2020 11:43 PM

To Richards Family, I was year younger than Richard but played football with him at WHS. He was a great guy. Hadnt seen him in years. Thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time..

Dave Arnson Jan 4 2020 10:22 PM

I thank Janet for posting this,as I had not heard. My condolences goes out to his family,as Richard was a fantastic man. I can remember so many great times at his house or on the football field. As a freshman in the swimming pool, a couple of us accidentallypushed his sister in the pool, he laugh so hard when I told him what we did. May you ride the wings of the angels Richard :pray::skin-tone-2: Calvin Nelson, WHS 76. Bakersfield, CA

calvin nelson Jan 4 2020 9:24 PM

My full condolences to the Flaten family. I just seen this on the web site for facebook. We were friends in high school & have thought about him many times over the years, regret not talking to him sooner as he was a lot of fun to be with. I remember Roger ,Richard & I riding in the VW Bug going to the BBQ drive in to eat. Richard had seen a fly on the inside of the windshield, hit the fly with his fist and also broke the windshield. I missed him by 5 minutes getting on the plane when he was here for Rod Bisbee's Funeral. So Sorry for your loss. Yes he will be missed Best regards Arlin H. Lund

Arlin H Lund Jan 4 2020 7:57 PM

My most sincere condolences on your loss of Richard. He belongs to a most admirable and loving family. Richard will always be remembered as the wonderful person he was. Timothy Beddow, WHS '69 Iowa City, Iowa

Timothy D. Beddow Jan 4 2020 6:13 PM

I just heard of Richard's passing today. It's hard to believe. He and I go back to Webster Elementary school in the 60's in Williston. He was always a great guy to have as a friend, and even though I haven't talked to him for quite a while I will miss him. I have some fun memories of him. My sympathies go out to his family, I'm truly sorry for your loss. Craig Broe Class of '76

Craig Broe Jan 4 2020 4:37 PM

Dear Sandy and Family, I send deepest condolences as you grieve the loss of Rich. Rest In Peace, Richard and God Bless your family. Karen Hart, class of 76.

karen Hart Jan 4 2020 3:35 PM

Rest in Peace Richard. So sorry Sandy and Family for your loss. Tracy & Lori Lutz

Tracy L Lutz Jan 4 2020 12:25 PM

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