Benjamin, Richard D MD age 86 of Minnetonka MN. Dick entered Heaven's Gate on January 6 at North Memorial Hospital after a persistent and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Born on March 16, 1934 in St. Louis, Dick graduated from Washington University in 1955 and received his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1959. Following his medical studies, Dick joined the USAF and served as Flight Surgeon at Tyndall Air Force Base. After fulfilling his military obligations, he entered Family Practice in St Louis. In 1964 Dick moved his young family to Minnetonka to join the Prudential Insurance Company, ultimately serving as Vice President Medical Services, where he continued his medical career until retirement 28 years later. After retiring Dick continued his medical practice part time at the Student Health Center at the University of Minnesota. To help financially during his college years, Dick worked many part-time jobs as newspaper copy boy, fry cook, warehouse worker, seal harvester in Alaska, all of which he enthusiastically shared his memories. A man of many talents, Dick loved to work with his hands and excelled as a carpenter, mason, plumber, electrician or mechanic on many projects for family and friends. As an Eagle Scout, he was proud to serve as Scoutmaster for Minnetonka Troop 290 for many years. He was a skilled tennis player and relished competing in card games and Chess. Dick gave generously of his talents to so many people and will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. Preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Mary Benjamin, brother, Bob and first wife Jennie Ann, Dick is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Millie, son, Eric, daughter, Pam (Corey) Berg, granddaughter Emily Berg, grandson Matthew Berg and many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be scheduled for later this year. Gifts of remembrance may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church of Long Lake or a recipient of choice
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