Richard Walz, 66

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Richard Walz of Litchfield, formerly of Watkins, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Meeker County Community Home in Litchfield. He was 66.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 19, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner and Fr. Joseph Steinbeiser officiating. Interment was at the St. Nicholas Cemetery in St. Nicholas.

Richard Walz was born Feb. 14, 1944, in Watkins to Ferdinand and Anna (Neu) Walz. Richard was employed in Litchfield for more than 35 years and he delivered the Meeker County Advertiser in Litchfield. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Richard participated in the Special Olympics program and received trophies and medals for bowling. His hobbies included music and singing, and he often played the harmonica, accordion, and concertina. He especially enjoyed old-time music and his trips to Branson, Mo.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Valentine Walz in infancy, and Albin Walz; sisters-in-law Phylis Walz, Mary Lou Walz, and Carol Walz; and nephews Barry Walz and David Walz.

He is survived by his sister and brothers Esther (and Alvin) Spoden of Cold Spring, Eugene (and Dorothy) Walz of Burnsville, Roman Walz of Champlin, Wilbert (and Jeanette) Walz of Eagan, Celestine Walz of Princeton, Maynard (and Jeanette) Walz of Watkins, Waldemar (and Carol) Walz of Eden Prairie, Elmer (and Judy) Walz of St. Michael; 22 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great niece.

Music was by Mary Streit and the church choir, with a solo selection by Mary Knisley. Casket bearers were Richard's brothers Roman, Wilbert, Celestine, Maynard, Waldemar, and Elmer Walz. Arrangements were by the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.