Richard Allan Nisleit, 54
Aug. 12, 1961 — Oct. 4, 2015
Richard Allan (Rick) Nisleit, age 54, of Woodbury, Minn., died peacefully from cancer on Oct. 4, 2015. Rick was born on Aug. 12, 1961, in Port Washington. He graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1979, and from Southwest State University (Marshall, Minn.) in 1984.
At Southwest State, Rick met his wife, Charlotte – like Rick, a Mustang basketball player – and they were married May 5, 1984. Rick worked 30 years in the refractory industry, including over 16 years at his current employer, Gagnon Inc. in St. Paul, where he regarded co-workers and customers as friends. He previously worked for AP Green and Premier Refractories.
Rick’s legacy will be his loyal devotion to his Christian faith, his family, his work and his friends. A lifelong athlete and sports fan himself, he rarely missed cheering his three daughters on in their successful sports and other life achievements. He was a man of faith, a man who provided for and encouraged his family in all things, a good friend to many and one who faced his life’s health challenges with courage. He called himself blessed by God.
Rick is loved and survived by his best friend and wife of 31 years, Charlotte Nisleit; daughters, Amanda Jane (Dave) Jensen, Sarah Ann (Zach) Peterson and Carly Rose Nisleit; grandchildren, Noah Richard Jensen, Lydia Patricia Jensen and Carlton Timothy Peterson; brothers, Steve (Linda) Nisleit and Robert Nisleit; sisters, Linda (Ron) Rappold, Barb (Dan) Wollner, Donna (Bob) Edquist and Anne Shipley; in-laws Bobbie Nelson, Jeff Spanel, Doug Nelson and Alison Jones, Jeff Nelson, Stephanie and Steve Schmit and Greg and Kathy Nelson; many loved nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Rick is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Carlton and Rosemary Nisleit and Gordon and Jane Nelson; infant sister, Lana Lee Nisleit; and sister-in-law, Claudia Nelson.
Memorial service Monday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. at Crossroads Church, Woodbury Campus, 5900 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129. Visitation 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A lunch reception at Crossroads follows the service. Private interment.
Rick will be laid to rest, at his request, in his beloved home state of Wisconsin, forever a Packers fan. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family or donor choice.
O’Halloran Murphy-Woodbury Funeral Home, 651-702-0301, is serving the family.