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Richard (Rick) Wesley Stafford, Jr. of Minneapolis, MN passed away on September 2, 2017.  He was born on August 25, 1952 in Fort Riley, Kansas to Richard and Audrey (nee Korman) Stafford of New Richland, MN.

He is survived by his mother Audrey Stafford, his brother Steven Stafford (Jean), his sisters Judy DeBlieck (Dale), Patricia Stafford Page, and Susie Getskow (Jeff) and several nieces (Michelle, Jennifer and Melissa) and nephews (Barry, David, Josh, Jonathan and Andrew). He was predeceased by his father.  

Rick grew up in New Richland and attended Mankato State University.  He worked in the print news field both at the NR Star and as owner/editor of the West Concord newspaper before the start of his lifelong service to the Minnesota DFL.  His leadership and service included Chairman of the DFL and member of the Democratic National Committee.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New Richland, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Internment of ashes to follow the service at St. Peter’s Cemetery.  Light refreshments to follow at the church.   


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