Donald G. Dick died peacefully on June 16, 2023 with family by his side. Don was born and raised in Mountain Lake, a small Mennonite town in southern Minnesota.
Don would tell the story about how on December 7, 1941, as he stood in line waiting for his favorite food—ice cream—his life changed. He decided in that moment—as the news broke of the attack on Pearl Harbor—to enlist in the service.
Don served in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII. After returning from the war, Don went on to graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College.
In 1950 he would start a long and successful career with First National Bank (now USBank). In 1952, a promotion took him to Bozeman, Montana. He met and married the love of his life, Joyce (Smith) of Dry Creek, Montana, and they had four wonderful children.
In 1968, another promotion brought Don and family to live in Burnsville, Minnesota. Don became the president of First Bank Grand. As president of First Bank Grand, Don was credited with being a critical element of Grand Avenue’s redevelopment and renaissance. Development of Victoria Crossing on Grand Avenue and the venerable W.A. Frost on Selby Avenue were made possible because of First Bank Grand support. Don would earn the name, “Mr. Grand Ave.” Don was an avid supporter of The Lions Club and started its St. Paul chapter.
After retirement, Don spent most of his time loving life on Prior Lake, Minnesota or staying warm in the sun in Mesa, Arizona. His greatest happiness came from spending time with his family and friends and especially with his grandchildren. Each one has a favorite “grandpa” story.
On June 16, 2023 Donald G. Dick, one of the last of the Greatest Generation, a WWII Navy veteran, “Mr. Grand Ave.” and “Grandpa” received his best and highest promotion when the Lord called him home.
Don is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Joyce; sons, Brian (Betsy) and Terry (Linda) and daughters, Lori Mertes (Jack) and Shelly Campbell (Keith); grandchildren, Meghan (Mike Nichols), Kyle (Sabneet), John, Nick, Mollie, Jake, and Carly; five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 3, 2023 at River Hills United Methodist Church 11100 River Hills Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337. Visitation one hour prior to service. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota preferred.