Richard Reid Scanlon, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died June 15, 2015 at his daughter’s home. He was 88, a lifelong Minnesota resident who travelled the world, a connoisseur of his backyard raspberry patch and the view of the lake from his deck, and someone who made good friends and kept them over the years.
After completing his naval service, Dick graduated from Bemidji State University – becoming the first college graduate in his family, and earning a degree in chemistry. He and Lois moved to Virginia, Minnesota, and later to Grand Rapids, where Dick worked as a chemist for Minnesota Power until his retirement and Lois taught English at Itasca Community College. Dick was an athlete his entire life – playing football in high school, learning to golf and curl with his father when he was a boy, and sticking with both those sports into his 80s. He helped found the Itasca Curling Club, three times won the U.S. Super Seniors Men’s curling championship, and spent many happy hours at the Pokegama Country Club. Dick loved to play and hated to lose, although he was a good sport either way.