Richard Lee Salmonson


June 12, 1934 - February 26, 2016


      Richard Lee Salmonson was born June 12, 1934 in Graceville, MN to Rolland and Mrytle (Gallinger) Salmonson. After graduating from high School in Ortonville, MN, Dick was a Standard Oil dealer in partnership with his father for eight years. He then attended Minnesota School of Business, Dakota Wesleyan University and St. Paul School of Theology. He served in the US Army from 1955 until 1957 and then was a reserve with the National Guard of Minnesota. On October 24, 1955 he married Margaret Walter in Jeffersonville, IN. He pastored in numerous United Methodist Churches in South Dakota from 1965 to 1996 and was actively involved in the communities where he and Margaret lived.  He was a member of the Dakota’s Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Lions Club, enjoyed singing with Barbershop Chorus, church choirs and quartets.

     He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Margaret, two sons: Joel (Kristie) Salmonson of Mitchell and Rob (Vicki) Salmonson of Flandreau, three daughters: Michelle Hoffman of Mitchell, Greta Salmonson of Yankton and Jessica Salmonson of West Concord, MN, four grandchildren: Rob, Jessica, Trevor and Travis, two great grandchildren: Jacquelin and Hayley, a sister, Jo Logan of Lamoni, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.



Memorials are preferred to UMCOR Hunger Projects

or Dakota United Methodist Foundation and camping Program.



Sunday, February 28, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, February 29, 2016
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mizpah Cemetery
Plankinton, South Dakota

Posted by Beverly Freeman Morse on February 28, 2016
So Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I first met him in Freshman English at DWU. He was a special person and made the world a better place wherever he went. My condolences to Margaret and the rest of the Salmonson family.
Posted by Clyde & Arlys Smith on February 28, 2016
We are sorry to hear that our wonderful Pastor of the Lead church has gone home to be with the Lord that he loved more then anything. Margaret you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Dennis & Jane Evenson on February 28, 2016
Our sincere sympathy to the Salmonson family. We have many fond memories of the years Dick and Margaret pastored in Clear Lake! So glad that we got to see you in September.
Posted by Jim and Elaine Eng on February 28, 2016
We remember Dick with lots of respect and admiration. He will be missed by many.
Posted by Jeff and Marbie Bjergum on February 28, 2016
Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Rich was a wonderful person, to visit with. Sorry we could not be there. God Bless you and your family.
Posted by Harold & Mary Jane Ingalls on February 28, 2016
Our sincere sympathy to you Margaret and all your family. He will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. We are so happy that we got to see you in Clear Lake in September. God bless you all.
Posted by Linda (Haggin) Hoffmann on February 27, 2016
Heaven added a beautiful soul and voice to the choir. Dick was full of life and a good friend to my father. I loved listen to the two of them talking and laughing. I always felt warmly welcomed by Dick. He will be missed by many.
Posted by Robbyn Gauger-Givens on February 27, 2016
I was so shocked to hear about Dick. He was so instrumental in my church and spiritual life. I have thought back many, many times over the years and remembered fondly our talks and the times we spent at church camp. It shaped my faith and the life I eventually lived. Heaven gained another good man and servant. You have my deepest sympathies.
Posted by Regina Reynolds on February 27, 2016
Our sincere condolences, Margaret and family. We know you will miss Dick greatly. I have missed having a youth leader for our kids/grandkids, like I had! He will never be forgotten in my heart!
Blessings and prayers to all of you.
Posted by Jeanette Johnson on February 27, 2016
Margaret and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You were very special in our First Methodist Church in Huron.
Posted by Bonnie Burrer on February 27, 2016
My heart aches for the Salmonson family. Pastor Dick brought so much comfort, understanding, 7 guidance to our family while he was in Lead. Our memories of him & the family continue to bring us comfort as we celebrate his life he willingly & unconditionally shared with us. We pray your memories bring you comfort & peace during this difficult time. God Bless
Posted by teresa on February 27, 2016
You brought me back to the faith and I am ever grateful!! May your soul fly and sing in joy with the Lord who is "I AM"
Posted by Kerry Siegfried Hintz on February 27, 2016
Heaven is gaining a wonderful manā¤ Bless you Margaret and your family, we are so sad for you and your family but rejoice in Dick's going home to be with the Lord.
Posted by Lela Tekrony on February 27, 2016
Good memories from Clear Lake...
Posted by Jim and Donna McLaird on February 27, 2016
We deeply miss Dick. He was a great pastor and friend!!!
Posted by Karla Dower and Family on February 26, 2016
An amazing man! I had many inspirational conversations with him when he was our pastor in the Lead/Deadwood area. Beautiful human being. loved him dearly. He baptized my oldest and middle sons! Will be greatly missed!
Posted by Jack & Kathy Erickson on February 26, 2016
Dick was a wonderful and constant friend and force among us in the Dakotas Conference. when I first met him as a new pastor in the conference I was met and greeted warmly by his firm handshake and warm smile. Every time I think of Dick,I see first his smile and even now that brings joy and peace. We shared so many funny things and were able to talk about some of the very serious issues the the Church has faced over the years. We will miss him deeply. How we have been blessed these many years, as individuals and as churches and as an annual conference. Thank God for the likes of people like Dick.
Posted by Rev. Rick Hazen on February 26, 2016
He and Margaret have been dear, dear, friends and colleagues in ministry. A very compassionate and caring person. If you had a question about something and needed help understanding, Dick was there with the right "loving," and "caring" answer. A servant's heart. God bless you!
Posted by Don and Jan Price on February 26, 2016
Our former pastor, Dick Salmonson was always full of energy, quick to laugh, loved every man or woman who crossed his pathway and love God with his whole heart. He mentored many of us to find our way into ministry, missions, and many other places to serve. He is reaping the rewards of a fully served life of joy. Into His courts you may enter, my good and faithful servant. You have been fruitful and faithful. Peace and joy,
Posted by Rev. Darwin Kopfmann on February 26, 2016
As our pastor, Dick was always there. As a personal mentor few if any could compare. For so much more, and for a family that seemed almost like our own, it's safe to say I'll be there, to celebrate my friend's going home!
Posted by Christina Cochrane on February 26, 2016
I am so very saddened to hear of Richard's passing, even though our paths have not crossed in several years. Such a wonderful family man, and so caring. Above all his tremendous sense of humor will be missed!
Posted by Carl and Denise Salmonson on February 26, 2016
We are very sorry to hear of the death of our dear cousin. We send our love and prayers to the family.
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