Richard Paul Muhlbradt

Richard Paul

Muhlbradt, 90, Minot,

formerly of Parshall, died

Saturday, May 21, 2016,

in a Minot nursing home.

Richard was born June

19, 1925, in Minot to Her-

man and Doris (Van Sick-

le) Muhlbradt. He was

raised on the family farm

near Raub and attended

country schools in the

area prior to graduating

from Parshall High School

in 1943.

Richard was united in

marriage with Gayle Stall

on November 4, 1945.

They made their home in

Parshall and farmed south

of the community in Lo-

quemont Township for 40

years. In addition to

farming, Richard was a

plumber and pipefitter.

As a member of Plumbers

& Pipefitters Local 300 in

Minot, he worked on ma-

jor construction projects

in the area, including the

Minuteman Missiles, five

western North Dakota

power plants and the coal

gasification plant near

Beulah. He retired in

1985 and moved to Minot.

Richard was a member

of First Lutheran Church,

Minot, the Minot

Chamber Chorale, the

Greater Minot Zoological

Society and SCORE, and

he was past president of

the Minot Area Council of

the Arts. A volunteer

who was handy with a

tool box, he worked on

numerous improvement

projects for local organiza-tions, including Roosevelt

Park Zoo, the Carnegie

Center, the City and

Country Health Clinic,

Western Plains Opera and

the Norsk Hostfest. In

1995, he received the

Minot Sertoma Club’s Ser-

vice to Mankind Award

for his volunteer efforts.

A well-regarded tenor

vocalist, Richard and his

wife/accompanist Gayle

performed at countless

weddings and funerals

through the years. In

1953, he was a featured

soloist on Horace Heidt’s

national radio broadcast,

“American Way.” After

retirement, he took up

painting, specializing in

western art, portraits and

historic sites. His rendi-

tion of Fort Union earned

him Best of Show honors

at the North Dakota State

Fair. In addition to hunt-

ing, fishing and working

in his yard, Richard’s

greatest enjoyment came

from picnicking, camping

and exploring in western

North Dakota with his

family. Proud as he was

of his North Dakota roots,

he penned a history of his

life, Up from the Dirty

Thirties, which included

chapters by his brothers,

Herman, David and Dan-


Richard is survived by

his wife of 70 years, Gayle

Muhlbradt, Minot;

daughters Kathryn (Dar-

rell) Williams, Bismarck,

and Mary Muhlbradt,

Minot; brother Danny

(Mary) Muhlbradt,

Bismarck; and several

nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in

death by his parents, Her-

man and Doris

Muhlbradt, and brothers

Herman and David.

Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Thursday, May 26,

at 11:00 a.m., First Luth-

eran Church, Minot

Visitation: Friends may

call Wednesday, May 25th

from 4 to 6 p.m. at the

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Memorials are pre-

ferred to the Minot

Chamber Chorale,

Luther’s Kitchen and the

Souris Valley Animal


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