RICHARD F. “DICK” DUNNE
The memorial service for Richard F. “Dick” Dunne will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Price Funeral Chapel in Britton. Following the services there will be interment at the Britton Cemetery with a light lunch served in the basement of St. John de Britto Catholic Church in Britton.
Dick passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital, at the age of 85.
Richard F. “Dick” Dunne was born to Pete and Helene (Olsen) Dunne at the farmhouse of John and Flo Dunne south of Britton on June 8, 1933. He graduated from Langford High School in 1951, where he had been active in sports.
After high school, he spent the next two years in service to our country in the US Navy. After leaving the service, Dick attended and graduated from Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, MN, which lead to a long career in the television and radio broadcasting business. His career allowed him the opportunity to meet, interview, and befriend many influential people, including John, Robert, and Teddy Kennedy; George McGovern; Hubert Humphrey; Tom Daschle; Gov. Bill Janklow; Tom Brokaw; the Lennon Sisters; and the Oakridge Boys, to name a few. Dick traveled all over the states of South Dakota and North Dakota as the voice of high school and college sports.
On October 9, 1953, Dick married Shirley J. Eikanas (died December 11, 1981), with whom he had four children. On April 10, 1984, he married Sherri Harris and gained three more children. Dick not only loved life, but was also full of life. He had a profound belief in God and enjoyed working closely with his church. He loved to travel, hunt, camp, and sing; but more than anything, he loved his family.
Dick is survived by his wife, Sherri; four daughters, Sheri Vitullo, Newport, MN, Colleen (Chad) Goehring, Webster, Melissa (Bryan) Milligan, Rapid City, and Michelle Pulling, Fargo, ND; three sons, Rick (Anne) Dunne, Rapid City, Michael (Lorie) Dunne, Britton, and John (Julie) Harris, Trout Creek, MT; a sister, Patricia Nietert, Aberdeen; and his many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sandra and Monica; and a grandson.