Richard James Chrysler Sr., 89, of Park Rapids and formally of Mendota Heights, died Monday, March 16 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living Center in Park Rapids.
He was born Oct. 5, 1919 to Louis and Pauline Chrysler on the east side of St. Paul, where he also spent his childhood. He attended Johnson High School and graduated from Cretin High School in 1937. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and William Mitchell law school in 1967.
He was a WWII veteran and a member of China-Burma-India hump pilots. After 26 years, he retired from the Air Force to pursue a law degree. While practicing law in 1978 he acquired Tate Island Fishing Lodge on Reindeer Lake in upper Saskatchewan. After selling Tate Island in 2005, he retired in Park Rapids.
He is survived by a daughter, Candace (Melvin) Gulsvig, of Park Rapids; a son, R. David (Frank) Chrysler, of Minneapolis; and a granddaughter and great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; and a son, Richard J. Chrysler, Jr.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Park Rapids.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Monday, March 23 at Trinity Church in Park Rapids with Father Doyle Turner as officiant.
Inurnment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.