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Richard H. Mildenstein of Las Cruces, NM died Tuesday, July 17, at Mountain View Hospital of complications associated with pneumonia. He was 85. Mr. Mildenstein was born July 26, 1932, in Austin, Minn., the son of Gertrude and Harold Mildenstein, who preceded him in death. In addition, he was preceded in death by infant sister Patricia Mildenstein, sister Nada Deyoung, and brothers Robert and Rodney.

In 1970, he married Dorothy Elizabeth Zagorski in Dunkirk, NY. Together they resided in Truth or Consequences, NM, where she died in December 1978. He later was married to Kathleen Mae Ellison in Austin, Minn. She died in 2017.

He served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, including two tours in Vietnam, and 10 years at the Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range, NM. His commendations included the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. In the 1970s he was employed as a typesetter and proofreader at the Sierra County Sentinel newspaper in Truth or Consequences, NM. He was later employed as a cross-country, tractor-trailer operator based in Austin, Minn. prior to his retirement.

Known as Dick to his close friends and colleagues, throughout his long-life Mr. Mildenstein exerted a blunt and exuberant quality that comprised his unique and unwavering character. He harbored a special appreciation for his country, his family, friends, and for classic country & western music.

Survivors in Minnesota include sister Sharie (Mike) Saugen of Rochester, nieces Aarah Saugen of Pine Island and Alison (Eric) Saugen Smith of Rochester, stepchildren Vickie Davis (Jim) of Austin, David Ostrander (Cindy) of Austin and Gary Ostrander (Shar) of Red Wing. Other survivors include stepchildren Arlene Z. Woods (Bill) of Cincinnati OH, Cindy Jurczak of Youngstown OH, Donna Sam (Norm) of Boardman OH, Tim Zagorski (Roxanne) of Las Cruces, NM, William “Mick” Zagorski of Fredonia, NY, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Saturday, July 28, a memorial service was held by family members in New Mexico near the confluence of Las Palomas Creek and the Rio Grande River in Sierra County, a location where Mr. Mildenstein spent many enjoyable hours engaged in hunting and fishing. A Graveside Service with full military honors is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 11:00 A.M. at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston, MN.


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  • Friday, July 27, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
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  • Friday, August 3, 2018
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Saturday, September 1, 2018
    I had the pleasure of knowing Richard and Kathy when they lived at St. Mark's assisted living in Austin. I would bring them our Post Bulletin paper and they would share their Austin Daily Herald with my mother, Helen who lived directly across the hall. After Kathy died He would stop in and talk to mother for a minute when dropping off the paper. She enjoyed both of them. When he moved to the apartments there I would see him when I went to visit a friend. I always enjoyed his big smile. May you all be blessed by his memories.
    ~ Jacky Dietz   Austin, MN