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of Buffalo, MN

December 31, 1940 – March 30, 2024

Richard John Liefert, age 83, of rural Buffalo passed away on Saturday, March 30th, 2024.

Born in Buffalo on December 31, 1940, Richard was the son of Edward & Edna (Mosher) Liefert. He was baptized on February 23, 1941 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and was confirmed at Immanuel in 1954.  His Confirmation Memory verse was Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want.”

Richard graduated from Buffalo High School in 1958 and proudly served his country in the US Army Reserves.

On May 29, 1965, Richard Liefert and Betty Ann Uecker were joined in holy matrimony at Immanuel Lutheran Church. God blessed their marriage with three children, John, James and Lolene.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Richard continued running the family dairy, hog and crop operations, which he ultimately handed off to his son James. Although he never fully retired from farming, he went to work for Buffalo High School from 1995 – until 2011. He especially enjoyed working with the students teaching them to use the audio-visual equipment.

Throughout his life, Richard was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served in various positions including on the Church Council. He had a strong faith and loved the Lord Jesus with his whole heart.

For hobbies, Richard enjoyed traveling with his wife, hunting and fishing with his buddies and sons. His friends and family knew him to laugh often, tease and joke around.

Survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years: Betty Liefert; son: John Liefert; daughter: Lolene Liefert-Trulson (Darrel); sister: Joan Barthel; sister-in-law: Lois Liefert; six grandchildren,three great grandchildren; and other treasured relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by son James Liefert, his parents Edward and Edna Liefert, brothers George and Arnold Liefert, brother-in-law Rollie Barthel, sister-in-law Mabel Liefert, nephew Jerry Liefert, father-in-law and mother-in-law Art & Viola Uecker, brother-in-law Earl Uecker, sister-in-law Karen Uecker, and by a great niece Lily Robbins.

Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake on Saturday, April 6th from 12 Noon until 2:00 P.M. The Funeral Service follows the Visitation with the Interment taking place at Immanuel Cemetery. A light lunch will be served at 3:00 P.M.

Christopher Oehlke will officiate. Karen Davis will be the organist.

Honorary casket bearers: David Liefert, Dan Jencks, Timothy Uecker, Derek Trulson, Daniel Trulson, Joshua Trulson, and Michael Trulson.

casket bearers:  Tom Liefert, Tim Barthel, Chad Barthel, Nick Jencks, Vance Desens, Bernie Schmidt, and Dan Weldele.





5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Michael Walsh

    RIchard was the heart and soul of the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center when it was first built. Anything you needed, RIchard was there with a smile on his face and a kind word for the students. He was beloved as much as any teacher and was responsible as much as any that the addition of this performance venue to our community went so smoothly. He spent immeasurable hours teaching himself the ins and outs of the lighting and sound needs of the space. Although others have since worked to fill his shoes, they were always his shoes to fill and his hardworking and caring legacy will never be forgotten.

  2. Laurie Raymond

    Richard was a joy to work with a BHS! He was so helpful and positive.

  3. Mary Bremmer

    Knew Richard from my teaching at Buffalo High School. What a great guy. Could usually get him to tell a joke and I loved that sly smile he had. BHS was lucky to have him as an employee.

  4. Brenda DesMarais

    Prayers and sympathy to your family at this difficult time. I remember Richard always had a smile on his face. My kids remember him from working at the school. A special man for sure.

  5. Devin Davidson

    I really enjoyed bantering with Richard in the hallways and lunchroom. We had fun.


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