|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1940|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2007|
Echo Press, Published September 14 2007
Obituary - Dick Aga, 67
Richard "Dick" Curtis Aga was born on a scorcher of a day, July 29, 1940, in Fairmont. He was the first-born child of Nora (Anderson) and Ercel Aga. Dick and his parents lived only a brief time in Fairmont before moving to Alexandria.
As a youngster, Dick's interests were numerous. He was an avid American Indian artifact collector with his cousin Mickey Hoglund. Dick built and flew remote control airplanes, he collected WWII memorabilia and coins, and loved boats, motors and water sports. He was a Boy Scout and paperboy. Dick was also an enthusiastic sports fan.
Dick was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church right about the time his interests turned to automobiles and radio. Dick started broadcasting a teen program on KXRA in the late 1950s. Who knew then that radio would be in his blood forever? Dick was a lifelong member of the Dew Dads Social Club and had a real love for black Chevrolet convertibles.
After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1959, Dick continued working at KXRA, attended Brown Institute of Broadcasting and joined the Minnesota National Guard. Dick enjoyed working in broadcasting for many years with his father, and once basic training was completed, he enjoyed his National Guard duties and friends.
Dick made the best decision of his life on November 26, 1966, when he married the love of his life, Fran Swoffer. Dick and Fran resided for almost 40 years on their little piece of heaven on the shores of Lake L'Homme Dieu. To this marriage two wonderful boys were born and became the passion of their dad's life. Dick and Fran became avid hockey parents with their son, Scott, and passionate band boosters with their son, Ryan.
In the early 1980s, during a hiatus from broadcasting, Dick and several friends began the quest for a new radio station in Alexandria. Through many hoops, snares and setbacks, Dick persevered, and on April 2, 1984, KSTQ 99.3 FM broke onto the airwaves with one of this area's favorite DJ's bidding the listening audience a "good morning." Dick managed KSTQ for four years. It was an exciting, fulfilling learning experience. What many said could never be done was done.
Dick's last years of work were with the Alexandria newspaper where he sold advertising. His co-workers and clients loved Dick's caring way, genuine friendship and positive attitude. His co-workers continued their support all through Dick's illness.
Dick was a lifelong member of Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served on several committees, a member of the Alexandria Lion's Club and one of Frank Sinatra's biggest fans, seeing him in concert whenever possible.
Dick was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in 2001. This neurological disease was a cruel and constant companion for both Dick and Fran until his death at home, surrounded by family and friends on Friday, September 7, 2007. Dick was unbelievably grateful for the care given and ability to die at home that Fran afforded him.
Dick and Fran were able to share many great travel memories through their years together including trips to Arizona, Texas, Hawaii and California. Dick was able to uphold his lifelong dream by visiting the battlefields on the coast of Normandy, France despite suffering from his illness. At the top of Dick's travel favorites was his annual deer hunting trips to Montana with his dad and the "guys."
Dick leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Fran; sons, Scott and Lisa Aga of Hutchinson, Ryan and Erika Aga of Woodbury; his beloved grandsons, Jack, Drew, Will and Sam Aga; his sisters, Marilyn and John Roesler of Phoenix, AZ, Kathryn and "Bumper" Lee of Alexandria; one brother, Rob Drew of Port Townsend, WA; uncles, Bud Aga of Pensacola, FL, Bruce and Audrey Aga of Alexandria; aunt, Florence Yarger of Minneapolis; four nephews, one niece, many cousins and friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Mary Anderson, Edna and Clarence Aga, and Arthur Drew; his parents, Ercel and Nora Aga; and a raft of aunts and uncles.
Dick fought the good fight with courage, dignity and strength. All he asks of us now is to "make it a good day."
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 11, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Mark Astrup officiating. Music was provided by the Saturday Night Band. Inurnment was held at Evergreen Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Schultz, Laurel Linder, Dr. Steve Henry, Bruce Olson, Bumper Lee and John Roesler. A great thanks to Elder Network and Douglas County Public Health Hospice.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
Ercel Aga (1914 - 1996)
Nora Lorraine Anderson Aga (1915 - 2006)
Created by: Wilfred Alan Revering
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82830358
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