Richard Lockert, 68

Richard “Rick” Lockert, 68, of Jordan, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Rick was born in Lemmon, SD, on February 19, 1944, a son of B e r n i c e Hauge. He grew up on a small ranch near Bison, SD and attended grades 1-8 in a one-room school. He and his mother then moved to Lemmon so he could attend high school. They lived with his grandparents, Esther and Alfred Hauge. Following high school, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1962-1965. He served in the Pacific on the USS Piedmont and attained the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. After honorable discharge from the Navy, Rick married Jacqueline Mensing and moved to Brookings, SD. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Business at South Dakota State University. He worked in various jobs and locations over the years, including Federal Land Bank, Assistant to the Dean of Resident Instruction at SDSU while obtaining his Master's Degree in Plant Science, Trust Officer of the First Northwest Trust Company, owner and operator of a men’s apparel store, Agricultural Loan Officer, vice president of a consulting firm, and manager of a loans department. He moved to Jordan in 1988 and worked in banking. In 1999, Rick was hired as vice president of what is now HomeTown Bank, where he worked until his retirement last month. Rick was awarded the Distinguished Service Award given annually by the Jordan Jaycees and Commercial Club. He was also a member of the Heimatfest Committee, the Commercial Club, Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Jordan Art Festival. He was an instructor of Religious Education for 40 years and he also liked to spend time at the Jordan Mini Met working the concession stand. Rick enjoyed each transition in life, but most importantly, loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids. Rodeos were a big interest in his life, he was a loyal fan and supporter of Jordan Baseball, the SDSU Jackrabbits, and the Minnesota Twins. He is survived by children Mike (Sarah) Lockert, Helena, AL, Karri Beath, Ankeny, IA, and Rebecca (John) Ringsmuth, Jordan; his close friend Nancy Busch, Shakopee; grandchildren Olivia and Nick Lockert, Connor and Claire Beath, James and Maria Ringsmuth; Jacqueline Mensing Lockert (mother of Mike, Karri, and Rebecca); and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother; infant son Stephen Troy Lockert; and infant grandson Joseph Richard Lockert. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan, with military honors by the Jordan Vets Honor Guard. Pallbearers were John Breunig, John Betchwars, Butch Mamer, Kai Hammer, Bob Wolf, and Dave Holzer. Visitation was held Sunday at the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Jordan.