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Richard J. Minchow

Richard J. Minchow Richard J. Minchow, age 74, of Manhattan, died Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on October 2, 1942 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Maurice and Marian (Cole) Minchow. He grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. His family moved to Winner, South Dakota, where Richard grew up and attended high school. He graduated with the class of 1960. He attended South Dakota State and Sioux Falls College.

On April 29, 1964 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota he was united in marriage to JoAnn Gustafson. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Richard worked on the family farm with his family and his in-laws for many years. He enjoyed the work on the farm. He then went to work for the Schwan’s Company as a driver. His family moved to North Dakota. Richard earned a promotion with the company and he and his family moved to Colby, Kansas.

Richard was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed being outdoors, watching birds and just being in nature. Richard loved old cars and restoring them. He had a 1959 yellow Thunderbird restored and enjoyed driving it with JoAnn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Marvin Minchow.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his children: Jennifer Guilford, of Manhattan, Juli Harlow (Jeff) of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Jill Snethen (Allen) of Goodland, Kansas, and Justin Minchow of Manhattan; his grandchildren: Mark Guilford, Nick Harlow, Brandon Harlow, Zach Harlow, Chase Harlow, Colby Minchow, Matthew Minchow, step- granddaughter, Kari Snethen; great-grandchildren: Jax Harlow and Freya Harlow. Also his siblings: Raymond Minchow, Colleen Blare, Jim Minchow, and Geri Krier.

Memorial Services for Mr. Minchow will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday May 26, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard made be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences made be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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