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Richard M. Tesmer

Richard M. Tesmer, 69, of Wahalla, ND, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church. Visitation at the church for two hours prior to the service.
Richard M. Tesmer was born July 30, 1952 to Merl D. Tesmer and Muriel (Symington) Tesmer. He grew up and attended Walhalla Public School graduating in 1971. He then attended North Dakota State College of Science for Auto Mechanics.
Richard was a member of the Park Center - Walhalla Presbyterian Church, and was employed at Astrocom and Soeby Ford. From an early age, his love for cars, airplanes, snowmobiles and anything that had a motor only grew and resulted in a lifetime of stories and an amazing racing career. Richard was inducted into the Red River Speedway Hall of Fame in 1995. He had a need for speed and was always wanting to get more horsepower and go faster! He loved to build remote control airplanes and enjoyed flying them, and flying his Ultralight. You could always find him out at the shop working on something or tinkering on some project. He loved to watch his grandkids play sports and was always their biggest fan. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends.
Survivors include his children, Suzanne (Tom) Karel, Walhalla, ND and Nadine (Jon) Gibney, Walhalla, ND; grandchildren, Shelby (Charlie) Bjornstad, Ethan Gibney, Hayden Gibney, Brynn Gibney; sister, Roberta (Kent) Mitchell, also survived by his special friend, Leigh Kelly.

Preceding him in death were his parents and grandsons, Anthony and Zachary Karel.

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I am Mitch Kruszynsky Walker Louisiana I met him a few times about 31/2 years shi very honest outspoken kind Orr sad on we krof in touch. He will be missed

Mitch kruszyndky Jun 3 2022 12:03 AM

I am Alice Tully (Marshall). My mother was Luetta Tesmer, grandfather Carl Tesmer. I watched Richard race during our summers in Walhalla

Alice Marshall Sep 25 2021 1:03 AM

My name is Alice Tully (Marshall). My mother was Luetta Tester, grand daughter of Carl Tesmer. I sorry to learn of Richard's passing. I use to watch him race during our summer visits.

Alice Marshall Sep 25 2021 1:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tesmer

Jan and Jim Halvorson Aug 30 2021 12:06 PM

When I was a little kid my parents took me to races every friday night in Grand Forks, ND. Rick was my hero. He was so fast and my favorite driver. My parents even took me down into the pits to meet him and i got to sit in his car. I was so happy. A memory I will never forget. RIP Rick

Scott Grassel Aug 27 2021 3:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tesmer

Denny Nelson Aug 27 2021 8:44 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tesmer

Scott Wurzbacher Aug 26 2021 6:42 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tesmer

Fluff and Darlene Simmons Aug 24 2021 5:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tesmer

Douglas W & Carla R Vigen Aug 23 2021 4:55 PM

RIP old friend

john forbes Aug 20 2021 3:04 PM

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