Richard William Muehlhausen was born Sept. 9, 1938, to William August and Violet Victoria Schrader Muehlhausen in Devils Lake, ND.
Richard William Muehlhausen was born Sept. 9, 1938, to William August and Violet Victoria Schrader Muehlhausen in Devils Lake, ND. He died under Hospice Care at Woodlawn Lodge in Fergus Falls, Minn., on Sept. 11, 2018. Dick attended school in Devils Lake, graduating in 1956. He earned a BS in mathematics in 1960 from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s degree in mathematics and statistics from North Dakota State University in 1961. He married Garnet Mae Larson at the Pioneer Methodist Episcopal Church on June 4, 1960, in Pembina, ND. From 1961 to 1964, he worked in the Operation Research Department of the Green Giant Company in LeSueur, MN. Then he joined Otter Tail Power as Administrative Analyst and with the startup of the first computerized billing system in 1968, he become the supervisor of Data Processing. He retired in 1998 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Services. Dick was a member of Jaycees and Kiwanis. He is a past president of the YMCA and the PioneerCare Board of Directors. He has served on many committees of Grace United Methodist Church and was the current president of the Grace United Methodist Foundation. He has made three trips to Baldwin, LA, to serve with UMCOR. He was interested in environmental issues and conservation practices. He was preceded in death by; his parents, and brothers-in-law, O. John Larson and James McDevitt. His wife, Garnet survives him; and his daughter, Laurel (Kirk Graham); son, Paul (Betsy); and grandchildren, Emily and Liam; his brother, Robert (Nancy) and their children. Also surviving are; sisters-in-law, Almae Larson and Marcie McDevitt; and brother-in-law, Mark (Nancy Bjork) Larson and their children. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. with informal sharing at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Grace United Methodist Church, Fergus Falls with Rev. Dr. Wesley Gabel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Foundation, PioneerCare Foundation, Lake Region Healthcare Cancer and Research Center. Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com.