Richard Jirele 1931–2019 Owatonna—Richard Eugene Jirele, age 88, of Owatonna, passed away November 14, 2019 at Prairie Manor in Blooming Prairie, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl with a two hour visitation prior to the funeral mass at church starting at 8:30 AM. Richard was born to parents John and Libby (Simon) Jirele on April 24, 1931 in Owatonna. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1949. After high school Richard was drafted into the army during the Korean War serving stateside. When Richard returned from active duty, he worked at the Owatonna Elevator, delivered mail as a rural carrier and was a milkman. He purchased his own farm where he grew corn, beans and raised hogs. He married Laura Jane Burshem on September 29, 1959 in Litomysl. Richard was known for raising Berkshire Hogs and received honors for showing pigs at the MN state fair for over 50 years. He served on the Somerset Township board, was a swine superintendent at the Steele County Free Fair and served on the National Berkshire Association board. Richard enjoyed playing cards, and wintering in Arizona. He is survived by children, Jane Jirele, Winona, MN, Jean (Tim) Smith of Palmyra, WI, Tom Jirele, Owatonna; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife Laura Jane; great-grandson, Clay; 1 sister and 2 brothers. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com

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