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Memorial Celebration

Saturday, August 14, 2021

2:00 PM

Held at the home of John and Lynette Irelan

(Contact Neil at (507) 514-1071 for directions)

Committal Service

Tuesday, September 21 , 2021

9:00 AM

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Avenue S, Minneapolis

Richard A. Saucier

February 6, 1924 – July 23, 2021

Richard Alfred Saucier, 97, passed away on July 23, 2021, at Gracewood Senior Living in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Richard lived independently except for the last nine days of his life.  Richard was born on February 6, 1924, in Mendon, Massachusetts, to Alfred and Elizabeth Saucier.

Richard grew up in and around East Hampton, Connecticut and attended East Hampton High School.  In 1942 at the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  As part of his training in the Army Air Corps, he attended the University of Montana.  During WWII, Richard was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber.  Flying out of Horham, England, Richard flew seventeen combat missions into Germany.  In addition, and what he was most proud of, was the numerous low-level food drops he and his crew flew as part of Operation Manna to deliver food to the starving people of the Netherlands.  Richard had a very successful career as a chief executive, sales manager, salesman and entrepreneur in the construction industry.   

Richard is survived by his brother Edward, his sister June, six children, twenty grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  

Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father, three of his siblings, Claire, Jack, Alfred, and his oldest son Richard.  

A memorial celebration will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 14 at the home of John and Lynette Irelan.  If you wish to attend, please get in touch with Neil Saucier at 507-514-1071 for directions.  Burial will take place at Fort Snelling Cemetery on Tuesday, September 21 at 9:00 AM.  

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.  

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