Richard G. Nolting, 79, of rural Morgan, passed away, Thursday, April 22, 2010, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. 


Richard G. Nolting, 79, of rural Morgan, passed away, Thursday, April 22, 2010, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Bethany Lutheran Church, Morgan. Visitation will continue at 9:30 a.m., one hour prior to the memorial service. 

Memorials are preferred, in lieu of flowers, to Friends of Gilfillan or Bethany Lutheran Church, Morgan. 

Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are being handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.

Richard Glen Nolting was born August 19, 1930 in Wabasso to Glen and Helen (Knudsen) Nolting. Rich was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Gilfillan. 

He attended school in Wabasso until the family moved in 1940 to the family farm in Morgan Township where he attended Country School District # 92 and graduated from Morgan High School in 1948. 

He then attended Gustavus Adolphus College for the 1949 school year. Rich went to work for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1949, entering the U. S. Army in October of 1951 and serving until October of 1953.

On October 9, 1954 he was united in marriage to Shirley M. Bendixen in the Bethany Lutheran Church. They lived in several communities including Clinton, Iowa, Tracy, and Boone, Iowa, then in 1967 moved to Burnsville where Rich worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as Manager of Communications until retiring in 1986.

Upon the completion of his 38-year career with the railroad he returned to the Nolting family farm, which held a very special place in his heart.

Rich was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, belonged to the Morgan Lions Club, was very active with Friends of Gilfillan serving as president, and was a firearm training instructor for 21 years. While in Burnsville he was active as a Boy Scout Master for seven years, served as president of the Dakota County VoTech Advisory Board for 16 years and coached girls softball.  

He was a lifetime member of the Association of American Railroad C & S Section and belonged to the American Legion.

He was an avid wood carver, a passionate hunter and fisherman and was the main-ice-cream-maker for Friends of Gilfillan for many years. Rich and Shirley spent the past 23 years wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Richard G. Nolting died Thursday April 22, 2010 on his farm near Morgan at the age of 79 years, eight months and three days. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley, and three children; Gregory Nolting (Jan) of Slayton, Cynthia Nolting Greif (Joseph) of Seattle, Wash. and DeeAnn Nolting (partner Wayne Weber) of Burnsville.

Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren; Jennifer Pullin (Clint), Elizabeth Kalkhoff (Jon), Erin Moline, Jeffrey Moline, Christopher Moline, Brian Moline, Sophia Greif, Johanna Greif, Zachary Fraser and Jordin Fraser and two great-grandchildren, Mikayla Pullin and Alexandra Pullin.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Charles and Kenneth. 

Blessed be his memory.