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“Your family is always in our thoughts and prayers. We're so sorry for your loss. SSgt Sarah Walker and family (friends of Shan) ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Sarah Walker - Wiesbaden, Germany

“Dear Mom and my brothers and sisters, I know I always said I was Dad's favorite daughter. We all know he loved us all very much and we will miss him...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Stenehjem - Bismarck

“Dear Marlene and family, I was sorry to hear about Richard. My memories of him are way back in the 50s when he was visiting his sister and my aunt...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Pat (Kerian) Herbel Bismarck, ND

“Marlene and Family, you are all in our prayers and hearts and also have our sympathy. I enjoyed his visits over the phone so very much. God be with...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: George & Vernice Balsdon

“Dear Marlene and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies. I remember the smell of Richard's pipe and his big smile - always had a hello. He was...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Patti (Schiwal) Goroski

“So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. What a great man! I got to know Richard because of our shared interest in old John Deere tractors. Attended...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Christenson - Bismarck, ND

“Marlene & Kids, It was just a few weeks ago we saw you and Richard in Regent when we were there for the weekend. We were so sorry to hear about...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Michael & Debby Marback

“We are so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Joe and Kay Zeosky

“Marlene, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God give you peace and strength. We love you. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: PAT JONES - Lubbock, Texas

“Marlene, We were so sorry to hear about Richard. We are sending a memorial to FAED in his memory. Doris and Lloyd Ourecky ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lloyd & Doris Ourecky

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Darrell & Cindy Cruea

“Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Alice Parker ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Alice Parker

“Sorry for your loss. Will miss the visits on phone and his kidding(Marlene is gone again to let him starve). We know that Marlene made sure he was...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Gerald & Phyllis Howatt

Richard Robert Kouba, 72, died peacefully in his sleep in his home in rural Regent, ND, on July 2, 2005. He was the youngest of ten children born to Charles and Mary (Tupa) Kouba on April 20, 1933, in the family home in Black Butte Township near Regent. He attended grade school in Horswill country schools in Black Butte Township and graduated from Regent High School in 1950.
After graduation, Kouba worked as a meat cutter in Minto and the Regent Co-op Store. He served two years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. He graduated from Wahpeton State School of Science in 1958 with an Associate Degree in Radio-Television Electronics. He drove the Dwight 48-passenger school bus and worked for neighbor farmers while attending college.
Richard and Marlene Weinberger were married on August 12, 1957, in St. Henry's Catholic Church. They began farming and ranching in 1960 while owning and operating the Kouba Radio and TV Repair Shop in Regent from 1958-1961. He liked to experiment with new crops and raised yellow and brown mustard, soybeans, safflower, pioneered tame buckwheat in southwestern North Dakota in 1978 and continued growing that until his retirement in 1998.
Richard began a registered Polled Hereford herd in 1963 and sold breeding stock into 10 states and semen into 26 states plus five provinces of Canada. The first Gold Seal Sire born in North Dakota came from his herd. He was a charter member of the ND Polled Hereford Association in 1965 and a member of the National Polled Hereford Association, organized the West River Polled Hereford Association, was a 26-year member of the ND Stockmen's Association, organized a chartered bus tour to the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, was Hettinger County Crop and Livestock Improvement Association director at large for livestock for 3 years, chairman for ND Polled Hereford tours in 1970 and 1978, hosted the ND Polled Hereford Field Day in 1974, served on the FmHA Farmer and Rancher Committee, and organized production sales for four ranchers. He also purchased a herd of white Polled Shorthorn cattle in 1979 and was a member of the ND and National Shorthorn Association.
Richard was a lifetime member of St. Henry's Catholic Church in Regent and served as its trustee for two years. He was a member of the Lefor Knights of Columbus Council #5477 since 1964 and was instrumental in building the new chambers. He served as Grand Knight, District Warden, District Deputy, and State Insurance and Promotion Chairman. He received various awards during his work with the Knights of Columbus. The Richard Kouba family was selected as the ND Family of the Year in 1988 and also second in the International Contest of the Family of the Year that same year.
Richard was elected to the ND House of Representatives in 1980 as a Republican and served two years. He received a handmade quilt from the Three Affiliated Tribes for his work on Indian committees.
He was involved in community activities. He served as Black Butte Township supervisor for 18 years and its chairman for 6 of those years. He was president of the Regent High School Alumni Association and organized its first reunion in 1979. He was very patriotic and was a member of the American Legion Ulmer Zick Post #237 since 1981, was a member of the Hettinger County Farm Bureau, a strong supporter of weather modification, proud of having Czechoslovakian heritage. He organized a Combine Clinic in 1982 and sold combine components since that time. He served as Master of Ceremonies many times at banquets, meetings and various functions.
Richard always enjoyed a challenge. He liked inventing, remodeling or remaking anything that was metal and seemed to always make even new things work differently'through wiring, welding or hydraulics. He built a bale wagon from a burned trailer house that was pulled with a truck, modified much of his equipment and was featured in several magazines. He also enjoyed working wood and built cabinets, desks, cupboards and toys.
John Deere tractors were his favorite hobby. He attended many sales and often bought tractors over the phone. He collected them along with other brands and equipment. As a result, he had three antique tractor auctions in 1991, 1998, and 2004.
Richard was proud of his family and encouraged their endeavors. They often went to him for encouragement, information and his wide experience in many fields. When a problem arose, he would give it much thought and come up with a solution. He was always optimistic, liked old time music and a good game of whist or pinochle.
Richard is survived by his family who will deeply miss him: his wife, Marlene, nine children and 21 grandchildren. They are Shera and Roger Smith with Courtney, Tucker and Cooper of Bismarck; Jess and Karen Kouba with Jamie, Jenna and Richard of Regent, Deanne and Scott Day with Jordan and Siarra of Keenesburg, Colorado; Lisa and Allan Stenehjem with Lacey, Mason, Caely, and Mandy of Bismarck; Carson and Kelly Kouba with Kayla and Kyle of Regent, Rena and Kyle Ross with Rylie of Billings, Montana; Technical Sargeant Rory and Kim Kouba with Dakota and Cheyenne of Las Vegas, Nevada; Master Sargeant Shan and Marilyn Kouba with Michael and Matthew of Denver, Colorado, and Morgan and Jayne Kouba with Breeanna and Devin of Regent; one brother, Charles and Helen Kouba of Regent, three sisters, Mary Osowski, Agnes Osowski, and Mildred Jesch and one brother-in-law, John and Marge Krug and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, one brother William, four sisters, Nora Honeyman, Rose Murphy, Clara Jesch and Florence Jesch and one grandson, Joseph Kouba.
A memorial has been established.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00am Wednesday, July 6, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Regent. Fr Charles Zins will officiate with burial in the Regent Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Ulmer-Zich American Legion