Richard G. Fernholz


Richard Fernholz, 80, of Foley, passed away May 16, 2023, at his home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. June 1 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place in the St. Francis River Cemetery, rural Foley. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. May 31 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 10-11 a.m. at the church June 1. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Richard Gerald Fernholz was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Glendorado Township, Benton County, to Raymond and Mollie (Hansen) Fernholz. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1960. He married Beverly Hansmeier Nov. 25, 1972, at St. John’s Catholic Church. He farmed most of his life near Foley and also worked at Electrolux for several years. Richard was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and loved his cats, many of which were named Tom, that would follow him around the farm as he did his chores. He will be remembered for his helpful nature, sense of humor and maybe most of all, his “shack.” Richard loved when friends and family would stop by to join him in his shack to visit, watch sports and, of course, drink Dr. Pepper, his favorite beverage. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; children Peggy Kosiba (Ralph Rinkel) of Hillman, Larry Fernholz of Foley, and Lisa (Jeff) Niederloh of New Hope; grandchildren Christian (Paige), Alexandra (Justin), Mitchell (Gracie), Ryan and Abigail (Max); sisters Patricia Georges of Modesto, California, Susan Fernholz of St. Cloud; brother, Donald (Mary) of Willmar; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Theodore and William.

After the burial, please join with the family at Jack and Jim’s in Duelm for lunch and a celebration of Richard’s life. And to honor Richard’s love of sports, we encourage everyone to wear purple and gold or your favorite Minnesota sport team apparel.