Richard N. Lake

Resided in Bark River, MI
Died December 7th, 2014

Richard N. Lake, 74, 5212 F Road, Bark River, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital.

He was born in Hibbing, MN, son of Eli and Aurelie (Sandstad) Lake. Richard was raised in Chishlom, MN and attended Hibbing High School.

Richard was a personal warrant officer for the Army for 20 years.

He was the founder and honorary member of the Mesabi Rock and Mineral
Club in Hibbing, MN.

In 2000, he moved to Bark River.

Among survivors include his son, Michael Lake of Bark River; sisters, Linda (Glen) Hammond of Virginia, MN and Jean (Jim) Humeniuk of Bimigy, MN; and sister in law, Sandy Aylward of Daggett, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Anita.

In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there will be no public service.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Lake family with arrangements.

4 Tributes to “Richard N. Lake”

  1. No words seem to be available to me at this moment.

    If I get to be where I want to be and do what I want to do, it will be in a great way thanks to Richard.


  2. Richard will be missed, he was always a wealth of information, having traveled to Korea, Germany, and many different states in the course of his military career. He took care of my sister Anita till her death in August, and now they will be together again.

  3. i worked very closely with rich for over 15 years and am fairly sure that i prolly never will meet a more dedicated, loving soul in my life! we shared the “teach a man to fish” philosophy and spent long – really, really long – days and nites building training materials to help our fellow activists contribute to drug policy reform. as with any relationship between strong-willed folks we often butted heads but we always treated each other with the utmost love and respect even if it meant ending with “agreeing to disagree”.

    one of my many favorite examples of his kindness happened when i was dead broke and my car radiator decided to give out during the height of a texas summer. within hours rich dug through his massive collection of contacts and found someone to buy me a replacement!

    i am thoroughly convinced that mere words can never capture the “essence of rich” or the loss we are all experiencing but rich WILL live on forever in all of our hearts and memories.

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