Richard James Marken was born June 11, 1934 at Emery, SD to George and Cora (Webster) Marken. He grew up and attended school in Emery. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Dick was an over the road truck driver for 48 years, driving for different trucking firms. He trucked all states except Alaska and Hawaii. At the time of his retirement he was employed at Dakota Pump. Dick and Shirley enjoyed traveling and the many trips they took were with Shirley’s sister, Darlene and her husband, Leon. He enjoyed his flower garden, playing Santa for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, being with his family and got a lot of enjoyment out of teasing them. He was known as grandpa M&M.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Richard is survived by his six children: Bill (Paula) Marken of Mitchell, daughters: Nancy (Dave) Hinks-VanWhye of Sioux Falls, Denise (Rick) Lee of Sioux Falls, Lisa Griffith of Mitchell, Susan Northrup of Sioux City, IA and Christine (Terry) Wesseling of Mount Vernon; four sisters: Shirley (Robert) Buehler of Emery, Sharon West of Watertown, Betty Steinmetz of Toronto, and Sandra (Gordon) Wipf of Sioux Falls; three brothers: Phillip (Betty) Marken of Erwin, Vernon (Luis) Marken of Cathedral City, CA and Bennie Marken of Ramona, CA; sister-in-law, Darlene (Leon) Freeburg of Janesville, WI; fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Shirley, brother, Charles, sister, Phyllis, infant brother, William and two sons-in-law, John Hinks and Conley VanWhye.