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Richard W. Podewils

May 6, 1947 — August 9, 2023

Podewils, Richard W. (Dick, Rich, Ritchie, Pods, Papa Pods, Grandpa Pods) of White Bear Lake, MN passed away unexpectedly at his home in Pathfinder Village, Hinckley, MN on August, 9th 2023 at the age of 76. Born on May, 6th 1947 in St. Paul, MN. Preceded in death by his parents, Garnet and Richard Podewils; sister, Sue Thayer; and Barbs Daughter, Julie. Survived by the love of his life and soul mate, Barb Hamilton; children, Chuck (Aimee), Katie, Ryan (Nicole), and Patrick; Barbs children, Jody (Kristi), Tomi (Dennis), Patrick (Carrie); grandchildren, Joe, Jordan, Bailee, Riley, Kennedy, Trevor, Logan, and Connor; great grandchildren Saylor, Wilson, and Aiden; numerous, nieces and nephews; Barbs numerous grandchildren; and sister, Linda Podewils Crawley.

Dick served in Vietnam in the Marine Corps and was a Purple Heart recipient, retired WBL Police Reserves Officer, Original member of The Good Guys of WBL, a long time Business Owner in WBL, A long time Security Officer at Pathfinder Village, A WBL hockey player, and so many more things. He was very active in the communities in which he lived. Always putting others needs ahead of his own and very modest about his own accomplishments. His favorite past time was undoubtedly fishing with "the guys", his Children, and Grandchildren. He also enjoyed golfing, being with his good friends, hunting, anything outdoors, sports, helping others, projects, splitting and stacking wood, or just hanging around a campfire.

Friends and family are invited to join us at one or both Celebrations of Life. We will celebrate in his current community where he has spent most of his life volunteering his time at Pathfinder Village, 49200 State Hwy 48. Hinckley, MN 55037, held at the Pathfinder River pavilion from 3:00-7:00 PM on Saturday August, 19th 2023.

A second celebration will be held in the community where he was born and raised, served as a reserves officer, and operated multiple businesses; at the American Legion, 2210 3rd St, White Bear Lake, MN from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday August, 30th 2023.

A graveside service with military honors will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 10:30 AM. Please arrive at 10:15 AM at Assembly Area #2.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 19, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

10:15 - 10:45 am (Central time)

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450

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