Richard John “Rick” Gilbertson, 53, of Butterfield died Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato.

Richard John “Rick” Gilbertson, 53, of Butterfield died Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Richard was born in Marshall on Nov. 23, 1963, the son of Richard “Dick” and Marlys (Roiland) Gilbertson. Rick grew up in Arco, for his first five years then the family moved to St. James where Rick graduated from high school in 1982. Rick worked several jobs; he enjoyed welding and was working as a welder at WASP in Windom. Rick enjoyed the outdoors; he taught his little brother to duck hunt as a kid. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tending his garden, got pretty good at raising goats and hosted many other farm animals on his place.

Rick is survived by his parents, Dick and Marlys Gilbertson of St. James; his brother, Pete and Jen Gilbertson of St. James; his unofficial family, Zach, Destiny, Danon; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.