Richard ‘Rick’ Fenske, 59

July 2, 1959 —
Jan. 26, 2019
CRESCO - Rick Fenske, age 59, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at his home in Ostrander, Minn.
A visitation will be held at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 from 4-7 p.m., with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Inurnment will be in New Oregon Cemetery at a later date.
Richard “Rick” Dean Fenske was born on July 2, 1959, in Cresco, the son of William J. and Rosella G. (Opat) Fenske. After attending high school, he worked at Huntting Elevator and moved on to Alum-Line, where he worked until his health changed. Rick met the love of his life, Karen Start, in 1994. 
He was a lover of the outdoors, spending much time fishing, canoeing, camping and photographing nature. He shared many pictures of flowers, birds and animals with his many friends and family. He also enjoyed cooking and baking. Rick was a hard-working, kind and generous man, always willing to lend a helping hand to all those in need. Along with his love for Karen, he was especially caring when it came to friends, family and his dog, Rosie. 
He is survived by his life partner, Karen Start of Ostrander; his daughter, Ruby (Shawn) Erickson of Cresco; Karen’s children, Stephanie Start of Ostrander, Jim (fiancé Gabby) Start of Rochester, Minn., Kari (Jake) Start of St. Ansgar, Iowa and Darren (Tammy) Start of Ostrander; nine grandchildren (with one on the way); one great-granddaughter; his mother, Rose Fenske of Cresco; siblings, Shirley (John) McKinley of Rochester, Linda Hovey (Darwin Sorge) of Cresco, Betty (Allen) Leitz of Tomahawk, Wis., Dale (Candy) of Cresco, Barb (Dale) Lickteig of Cresco, Connie (Dale) Burnikel of Protivin, Iowa and Dan of Charles City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, William; two brothers, Floyd and John; his paternal grandparents, Ruth D. and Henry T. Fenske; maternal grandparents, Frank J. and Elisa O. Opat; and Karen’s parents, Walter and Mayme Rendahl.
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