Richard “Rick” Lee

Richard “Rick” Lee Church, 69, of Londonderry died unexpectedly on Sept. 27, 2016 of a heart attack. He was born on March 12, 1947 in Cass Lake, Minn., son of the late Nolan and Thelma (Pederson) Church of Silver Bay, Minn. He attended William Kelley High School in Silver Bay, Minn., Class of 1965, then entered Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. He worked as an expeditor for Federal Stampings in Bloomington, Minn., prior to starting R.L. Church Company in 1973. He grew a successful manufacturing representative company throughout his career. He was a volunteer in the community and was always willing to help others. He spent free time as a Youth Fellowship Leader at First Parish Church and as a hospice caregiver, March of Dimes volunteer, and Dollars For Scholars fundraiser. He enjoyed traveling all over the world. He was a sportsman in every sense of the word. Whether fishing the lakes of Minnesota or Alaska, on safari in Africa, or water fowling in Canada, he loved the outdoors and spending time with his hunting buddies. He supported and fundraised for Ducks Unlimited in preserving and maintaining wetlands, and was a DU Grand-Slam Life Sponsor, previous New Hampshire State Chairman as well as Committee Chairman. He was also a Lifetime Member of Safari Club International and the NRA (National Rifle Association). His sense of humor was second to none. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Barbara (Rude) Church; daughters Cori (Church) McGrath and husband, Bob, of Londonderry, and Shannan (Church) Brams and husband, John, of Portsmouth; and six grandchildren, Conor, Oan, Rylee, Cole, Tess and Gwen. Visitation was Oct. 4, followed by a service at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Ducks Unlimited at or New Hampshire Wildlife Federation at

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