Richard Alan "Dick" Nordvold
June 7, 1942 -- January 12, 2021
Richard Alan “Dick” Nordvold, 78, formerly of Hibbing, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in
Sun City, Arizona on January 12, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19.
He was born in Heron Lake, Minnesota on June 7, 1942, graduated from Hibbing High School in
Hibbing, Minnesota in 1960, attended Hibbing Junior College and the University of Minnesota
and is a Veteran of the United States Army Reserve. On November 29, 1968, he married the
love of his life Judy Rappuchi in Buhl, Minnesota.
Dick and Judy resided in Hibbing, Minnesota for most of their life together – a place their family
will always consider home. Dick spent the majority of his career in various public service roles
with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation. His voice
was familiar across the Iron Range; for nearly 30 years he and partners Jon Timpane and Joe
Petroske brought Hibbing High School and Hibbing Community College sports into thousands of
homes as WMFG Radio’s “Only Game in Town” sports broadcast team. Dick also served the
people of the City of Hibbing as their Mayor for 12 years and was an active member of Blessed
Sacrament Church in Hibbing, the Knights of Columbus and the Laymen’s Retreat League.
Dick treasured his family. In addition to his wife Judy of 52 years, he is survived by sons Rick
(Stacie) Nordvold of Chaska, Minnesota; Jeff (Melissa) Nordvold of Maple Grove, Minnesota, his
seven grandchildren Lauren, Teddy, Libby, Jeffrey, Leighton, Lucia and Bennett Nordvold; sister
Joanne (Nordvold) Brown of Stillwater, MN; brothers and sisters-in law Roberta (Rappuchi)
Altobell of Sun City, AZ, Ben and Barbara (Rappuchi) Teel of Loveland, Colorado, Neal and
Shirlee (Rappuchi) Schneider of Boulder, Colorado, and John and Julie Rappuchi of Britt,
Minnesota. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ove and Valborg Nordvold; parents-in-law John and
Mollie Rappuchi, brother Robert Nordvold, sister Carol (Nordvold) Burnham, brothers and
sisters-in-law Joseph Altobell, James Altobell, Denis Brown, Joan (Rappuchi) Altobell Gentile,
George Burnham, and James Gentile.
Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, Minnesota will be handling funeral arrangements. A Mass
of Christian Burial is being planned for late spring or early summer at Blessed Sacrament Church
in Hibbing, Minnesota with Father Gabriel Waweru officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hibbing, Minnesota.
Pallbearers will be Michael Broker, Ryan Carruth, Peter Drazenovich, Scott Hanson, Jeff
Pederson, David Petrich, John Saccoman and Patrick Vincent.
Memorials are preferred to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 2310 7 th Avenue East, Hibbing,
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