Richard R. “Dick” Ginn

NEW ULM – Richard R. “Dick” Ginn, 68, of New Ulm, left us Monday, April 1, 2013, following a hard fought battle with cancer. Richard Robert Ginn was born July 2, 1944 in Blue Earth, Mn to Robert and Florence (Turnhoffer) Ginn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Monday, April 8 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Matthew Wiering presiding.

Visitation will be 1-8 pm Sunday and 7:30-10:30 am Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. In lieu of flowers, offerings can be directed to the family for a future memorial in Dick’s name or to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for his family go to

Music was his passion. He added a happy note to all of our lives. Dick made friends wherever he went and was a very loyal and beloved friend to many people. He had a “never give up” attitude and had lots of pride that many of us will remember.

Dick grew up on a farm in Faribault County until he was 12 when his family moved to Mankato for a year before moving to New Ulm. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1962, where he was active in basketball, football and band. He married his high school sweetheart and classmate, Jan Mielke, on April 24th 1965.

He will be forever missed by the many hearts that he touched during his days with us, whether it was family, neighbors, work associates, Bandwagon viewers, band leaders, the guys at the B&L Bar or Friday’s beef commercial gang at Rodney’s. They were all very important pieces of his life. Dick enjoyed many hobbies besides music. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a hunting blind by Hanska where he spent many relaxing weekends duck hunting during the fall season. Dick has bagged sheep, mountain goats & boar in Hawaii, bear in Canada, antelope in Wyoming, pheasants with his Randall’s gang in South Dakota, as well as grouse, partridge and deer. Dick made several trips to Canada to fish for trout and walleye, tarpon fishing in Florida and many trips to Lake Michigan to fish for trout and salmon. He enjoyed watching Nascar Racing along with the Minnesota Vikings & Twins. Go Kart racing, in New Ulm and surrounding towns, and racing his “Triple Nickel 555” stock car in St Peter brought excitement to him, as he won many trophies. You name itsnowmobiling, skydiving or playing Santa Claus-he tried it all. He enjoyed watching “Chopped” on the Food Network, even though he didn’t have a desire to cook. Dick’s favorite meal was Jan’s German potato salad, beans and brats with deviled eggs and special K bars. Every Fall he looked forward to Marilyn and Alvin Person’s generous giving of ground cherries used to make his favorite Ground Cherry Pie.

Dick had a passion for Christmas. He took the tradition of displaying holiday decorations to a new level by lighting up the neighborhood. He got started in the holiday decoration hobby when his children were small and had so much fun doing it. It took Dick and several guys weeks to assemble the many different scenes at his house to include a 12 ft motorized carousel, 25 ft ferris wheel, several lit candy canes, stuffed figures of holiday carolers, a 25 ft waterfall, and a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” banner that spanned the front of his house. He estimated that over 30,000 light bulbs were used in the display and some 1500 feet of extension cords connected everything to 8 separate timers. The whole display required over 80 watts of electricity to operate, which he always joked made him a favorite of the local utility company. He continued to decorate for over 40 years.

Dick played in many bands which included Bruce Bradley for over 10 years (Minnesota Operator’s Association Band of the Year 4 times), the KNUJ All Stars, the Johnny Gag Trio, along with the many musicians who jammed that are too numerous to mention, and recently Kris and the Riverbend Dutchman. He played in nursing homes, for many local events, and was the KEYC Bandwagon TV emcee for 39 years where he and his banjo joined in with many of the featured bands.

Dick’s professional career started with Madsen’s in 1961 during his junior year in high school, followed by Randall’s and finishing with Lil Dukes. He earned respect by starting at the ground floor and learning all facets of the business through his work as grocery manager, frozen food manager, produce manager, dairy manager, front end manager, sporting goods manager and assistant manager, prior to becoming Store Manager. He had a fulfilling 44 years in the grocery industry. He was very active and committed to the community as a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Farm City Hub Club (Service to Agriculture Award Recipient), Rotary Club, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Deerhunter’s Association, Brown County Fair Board, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and NUACS Developmental Board. In addition, he taught gun training for several years. He was heavily involved with Heritagefest and numerous community events. He helped to support many charities including fundraising efforts for the United Way. His energy and positive attitude were an inspiration to everyone he met.

Dick’s most valued treasures were faith, family and friends. Dick is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jan Ginn of New Ulm. His marriage was blessed with 2 children Brian with wife Cathy of Ladera Ranch, CA and Janalyn with husband Chuck Phillips of Waukee, Iowa. His grandchildren Zach, Carter and Jacey, were all shining stars in his eyes and Brian and Cathy’s two little Yorkie’s, Princi and Jersi, were very special, as he considered these to be his little granddogs. He loved to watch his grandchildren, Zach and Carter, play football, basketball, and baseball and his “Lil Princess” Jacey, who’s 4, perform her song and dance skits. His two Yorkie granddogs, Princi and Jersi Ginn, brought many smiles, licks and laughter to his life. Dick is also survived by his father, Robert Ginn of Mankato; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Gordy Westermann of Mankato, Kay Tacheny of Elk Grove, CA, Marylu and Ron Anderson of New Ulm; mother-in-law, Marcella “Sally” Mielke of New Ulm; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol Haycraft of Luverne, Ruth and Richard Koppen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Leonard Mielke of Cedar, Mn; many nieces and nephews; and by many devoted Randall’s and Little Dukes’ employees.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Ginn; and brothers-in-law, Richard Haycraft and Richard “Blackie” Mielke.

Dick lost his courageous battle with tonsil and lung cancer and passed away peacefully at Pathstone Nursing Home in Mankato surrounded by family after a full and happy life.

His always smiling face and cheerful greeting will be greatly missed by all.

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