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Richard Borchardt, 100, Hutchinson

Richard P. Borchardt, 100, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 19, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jerry Meidl officiated. Bev Wangerin was the organist and Lucy Newcomb was the song leader. Special music was by Brock, Ashley and Camille Borchardt and Anna Huebner. Musical selections included “Lead Me, Lord,” “Bread of Life” and “Song of Farewell.”
Casket bearers were Brock Borchardt, Michael Fitzloff, Adam Benson, Scott Vacek, Nick Fehlandt and Dave Sanken. Interment was in the church cemetery and military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Richard P. Borchardt was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County, to Richard A. and Anna (Rannow) Borchardt. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. John’s Church in Hassan Valley Township. He received his education through the eighth grade in Hassan Valley Township.
Mr. Borchardt entered active military service in the U.S. Army on June 24, 1941, at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis and served his country during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on Sept. 8, 1945, at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin.
On Aug. 29, 1950, he was united in marriage to Bernice Pavlish at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with eight children. After their marriage, the couple resided and farmed in Hassan Valley Township. They shared 36 years of marriage before Mrs. Borchardt’s death on Oct. 3, 1987.
Mr. Borchardt was a lifelong farmer. He raised cows, chickens and ducks, and de-horned and butchered cows and sold Archer oil. He also was very mechanical and repaired equipment and did custom farm work for area farmers. He attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
When he needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He is survived by his children, Geraldine (Michael) Fitzloff of Stewart, Joseph (Julie) Borchardt of Thief River Falls, James (Michelle) Borchardt of Hutchinson, Jerome (Patricia) Borchardt of Brownton, Jolene (John) DuBose of Belgium and Jennifer (Randy) Huebner of New Brighton; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ray Benson of Brownton; sister, Elda Huepenbecker of Glencoe; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard A. and Anna Borchardt; wife, Bernadine Borchardt; daughters, Josephine Benson and Julianne Borchardt; brother, Leo Borchardt; sister, Louise (Ora) Huepenbecker; and brother-in-law, Raymond Huepenbecker.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.