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Dr. Richard Lawler, 80

Dr. Richard J. Lawler, DDS, 80, died May 8, 2014 at his home, with his family at his side.

Richard was born May 23, 1933, in Willmar, the son of Richard J. and Rose (Fladeboe) Lawler. He attended Willmar schools and graduated from Willmar High School in 1951. He continued his undergraduate education at the University of St. Thomas and received his DDS from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1958.

Dick entered the United States Air Force in 1958 and served as a dentist at bases in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. During his military service, he was united in marriage to Marguerite Murphy on September 26, 1959. Upon his honorable discharge, the couple lived in Duluth for a short time before moving to Alexandria and setting up a practice in 1961. Dick continued to practice dentistry until his retirement in 2002.

He was an active member of St. Marys Catholic Church. Dick always had a smile on his face and was friendly to everyone. He loved to hunt, fish, snow-ski, cook and golf. Dick also served several years as a member of the Alexandria School Board, the Lions Club, and Ducks Unlimited. Most of all, however, he loved being a husband, father, and especially, a grandfather!

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Lawler of Alexandria; daughter, Laurie (Steve) Cummings of Chaska, son, Greg Lawler of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Caitlin Cummings, Colleen Cummings, Bridget Cummings, Jack Cummings, Lauren Lawler, Leah Lawler, T.J. Lawler, and Brady Lawler; brother, Jon (Pam) Lawler of Detroit Lakes; and sisters, Jane (Ray) Eckles of South Haven and Mary Jo (Ron) Anderson of Merrifield.

Memorial Mass will be held Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m. from the Church of St. Mary. Entombment will be at St. Marys Church Cemetery. Dicks grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 7 pm at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.