It is with sadness that I must notify you of the death of

The Reverend Richard J. Lafer
Pastor Richard "Dick" J. Lafer, of Baxter, MN died Monday, October 10, 2016 at the age of 90.

Dick was born April 29, 1926 in Toledo, Ohio to Mary (Jameson) and Edward Lafer. Dick was a WWII veteran. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Olive; children, Mark (Kelley) of Phoenix, AZ, Richard Jr. of Pillager, MN, Lea (Mel) Coe of Atlanta, GA, and Dorene (Neal) Weltzin of Cumberland, WI; grandchildren, Ben (Brittany), Nathan (Casey), Micah, Michael, Bryson; and brother, Phil of Idaho. Preceded by his parents; and brother, Edward Jr.

Pastor Mark Skinner (Bethlehem Lutheran, Brainerd) writes:
Dick served as our visitation pastor at Bethlehem until 2008. A beloved pastor and friend to many in our congregation and the community. Our prayers are with Olive, Pastor Dick's wife, and their family, and Bethlehem in Brainerd. Many may remember Dick, and perhaps would like to attend.
A Funeral Service for Pastor Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13th at Bethlehem Lutheran, 418 8th Ave NE, Brainerd, MN, with Pastor Mark Skinner officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at MN State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

                            Thanks be to God for the power of the Resurrection! 

In Christ, 
Bishop Thomas M. Aitken 
October 11, 2016