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Richard M. Mastellar, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2024 at the age of 52. Rich was born on September 25, 1971, in St. Louis Park, MN, to Fred and Gloria (Springer) Mastellar. He grew up in Nelson, MN, attended school in Alexandria, MN and graduated with the class of 1990.

Rich briefly attended North Dakota State University before returning to the Alexandria area. In 1994, he met the love of his life, Brooke Baker. The two were married in Brandon, MN, in 2000. Rich often said that the best was yet to come when he became a father. His daughter, Mikayla, was his pride and joy, and the bond they shared was extraordinary. Mikayla was not just his daughter, but his best friend.

Rich had a dedicated career at J&B Group in St. Michael, where he worked for 18 years. Outside of work, his heart belonged to the great outdoors. His happy place was at the lake, where he enjoyed early morning sunrises and being out on the water. Fishing and duck hunting with friends were among his favorite activities, always accompanied by his loyal dog, Shelby. Family meant everything to Rich. He cherished every moment spent with loved ones and made sure those moments were filled with laughter.

A passionate Minnesota Vikings fan, Richard was well-known among fellow fans at the stadium, where he held season tickets for many years. He gained internet fame for a YouTube video showing him leading an enthusiastic cheer, wearing his iconic Zubaz.

Rich was the life of the party; a man with an undeniable zest for life. His outgoing and bold personality left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He had an incredible ability to make people laugh and ensured that those around him always had a good time.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fred; grandparents, Ray and Ellen Mastellar, and Glen and Jean Springer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Brooke; his beloved daughter, Mikayla; mother, Gloria Mastellar; sisters, Sandy (Art) Chapin and Carrie (Jon) Buller; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Ducks Unlimited in Richard’s name.

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Brandon Town Hall, Brandon MN. It is encouraged to wear your favorite Viking apparel or Zubaz!

Private interment will follow at the Chippewa Lutheran Cemetery in Brandon.

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sharon Rossum

    We send our prayers love and hugs to you Brooke and Mikayla

  2. Tyler McCarty

    I extend my deepest sympathies to you during this difficult time.

  3. Lisa McBain

    Feel God’s loving arms around you during this time of sorrow…may he bring you comfort and peace.
    We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  4. Cyrese Ingebrigtsen

    Brook and Mikayla there are not enough words to describe the wonderful man your husband and father and best friend were. I don’t think there is a life he did not bless when you became his friend or family. Infectious laughter and love of life radiated. He will be missed very much and may you find comfort and peace in the memories you share. Lifting your family up in prayer this day and days to come. God Bless you both. Big hugs.

  5. Chuck Weum

    Rich was a fantastic person. His work at J&B will be missed by all Associates. Loved talking Vikings with him. My condolences go out his Family.
    He made a difference in the lives of others.

  6. Larry Mastellar

    Skol nephew. I’ll never forget the times at Texas Stadium. Our little sea of vikings purple amidst a sea of cowboy blue. Me in my Helga Helmet you in your Zubas and that dammed little Hard Hat. Gloria with her Sausage on a Stick. Vikes won every time you guys came. Will miss you Tell Fred to get the Codfish gravy ready I expect it when I get there too. Uncle Larry loves you.

  7. Todd

    I met Rich two months ago when I started working at JB. He asked me my name and introduced himself. From that moment on my interactions with Rich were always joyful and enjoyable. Such an easy guy to talk with and befriend. I will miss our conversations and little quips around work. He was truly a huge influence amongst the people at JB and will be missed by all.

    My deepest of condolences,

  8. Jim King

    My condolences for a most likable guy. Couldn’t help but like him.

  9. Roy Springer

    Brooke, Gloria, and Family. So very sorry to hear of Richard’s sudden passing. I remember Richard in school. We were classmates. I also remember Richard from family reunions. He was a great to be around. He truly loved life, family, and friends. He will be missed by many. May God be your comfort in the days to come.


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