Richard “Dick” Lien

November 17, 1928 - February 3, 2021

Visitation: Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Service: Private family funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 8 at Redeemer Free Lutheran in Canton.

Livestream: Click here

Richard Henry Lien, age 92, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021.  Private family funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 8 at Redeemer Free Lutheran in Canton.  Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.  A link to the livestream of the service can be found at

Richard “Dick” Lien was born in Canton, SD on November 17, 1928 to Henry and Dagny Lien.  Dick attended Canton High School and graduated in 1946.

Dick was united in marriage to Jeanette Roecker on April 8, 1951.  He joined the Marines in 1951 and served in the Korean War earning several honors.  One of his favorite experiences was attending the Midwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September 2019.

After returning to from the military, Dick farmed in Canton for several years and served on the Canton Fire Department.  Dick also drove bus for the Canton School District and served the Lincoln County Veterans Officer until his retirement in 2015.

Grateful for sharing his life are his children:  Forrest (Theresa) Lien (Arizona), Patty Wallace, (Colorado), Mari Lien (Colorado), Jim (Jeanne) Lien (Colorado), Barb (Perry) Fossum, (South Dakota) and Candace (Chad) Smith, (South Dakota).  Grandchildren:  Nicole Noonan, Zach Lien, Jesse Lien, Lindsay Buena, Shane Wallace, Natalie Wallace, Jacob Lien, Justin Lien, Grace Lien, Leah Twedt, Josh Olson, Aaron Olson, Kennedy Fossum, Madison Fossum, Hunter Lottman, Holden Lottman and Rylee Lottman.  Sister, Ardell Johnson and several nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife Jeanette, daughter, Jackie and brother Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers, any condolences can be directed to the Midwest Honor Flight:  509 4th Avenue NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250 or

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  1. Carla McMurry-Kozak on February 4, 2021 said:

    We are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. Many fond memories of your dad…
    John & Katherine McMurry
    Carla & Doug McMurry-Kozak
    Diane McMurry
    Brent & Suzanne McMurry
    Renne & Brit McMurry-Gilman

  2. Lynn Vaksdal on February 4, 2021 said:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dicks Passing .. Dick was the great bus driver .. The kids thought the world of Dick …Sending our Condolences to your family at this time ..

  3. Mac And Carol McEntee on February 4, 2021 said:

    So sorry to hear the passing of Dick. We have so many memories. Starting with Mac being in Fire Department with him. Hugs and prayers.

  4. Janel (Short) Kaltenbach on February 4, 2021 said:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Dick was a very special guy. He was our bus driver as well as many others. But he and I always had a special bond and visited so much in all the different areas that I would see him around town. I know words can not take away the pain you are all feeling, but know there are many of us keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hold on to your memories and share with each other. Take care.

  5. Roger And Deb Kleinschmit on February 4, 2021 said:

    I loved being on the fire dept with Dick. Great memories of fires and fire school. Dick would always have time to visit and was active in the senior fitness program at the senior center. will miss Dick

  6. Leon Anderson on February 4, 2021 said:

    RIP Dick, I will always remember the smile and handshake, you were a great friend and you will be greatly missed. Thankyou for your service!

  7. Ila Torkelson on February 5, 2021 said:

    My deepest sympathy to Dicks family. in your loss.. Lots of good memories from years gone by. God bless.

  8. Susan and Leon Anderson on February 5, 2021 said:

    So sorry for loss…but many memories to keep in your heart.

  9. Marc and Dave Earll on February 5, 2021 said:

    Barb, Perry and Family – We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a great guy and a real gentleman. He will be missed by many. You have our deepest sympathy.

  10. Jon Thorburn on February 5, 2021 said:

    My sympathy to you all. Dick was such a kind wonderful man. I had many good times with him. Playing pool with Dick was always most enjoyable. Get togethers over coffee was very memorable. May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you all now and always.

  11. Joel Eiesland on February 5, 2021 said:

    Barb (Perry) Fossum and family – Thoughts & prayers to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. What a wonderful life lived and blessed be his memory. Sympathies to you and your families.

  12. Lena Sanderson on February 5, 2021 said:

    Lien Family,
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. Dick was a good friend, I have good memories of working with him at Montgomery Ward, sharing a ride once in a while and just having a beer with him at the VFW. He will me greatly missed!

    Tom and Lena Sanderson

  13. Crista Pick on February 6, 2021 said:

    I am so sad to see this, I was honored to work as a counter part of Dicks when I was a Veterans Service Officer. He was such a friendly man and I really enjoyed getting to know him through conversations. I remember the last time I saw him at the VA hospital, I shouted his name and we talked for a while. I’m so sad to see that he passed and the family and loved ones are all in my prayers.
    Dick thank you for you service to our country, and our Veteran population. Rest In Peace. ❣️

  14. Jon Gohn on February 6, 2021 said:

    Dick was one of my favorite veterans. I loved working with him and chatting with him so many times. Even though it’s been years since we’ve talked, I still cherished every time we did. Your watch is over my friend.

  15. Teresa Feucht on February 6, 2021 said:

    My sympathy to your family. Duane always enjoyed talking with Dick. Your dad had shared with me one time when I ran into him at the gas station about his experience from his Honor Flight. He shared from the heart about that trip and it meant so much to him. He was easy to visit with. Prayers for the family. May God’s peace be with you.

  16. Sylvia & Dick Dolly on February 7, 2021 said:

    Chad, Candace and Family. Sorry to hear about your father. Sending our condolences and prayers to you. Times like this are difficult but you will always have memories of your dad.

  17. Mick & Sonja on February 7, 2021 said:

    Lien Family, We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a kind and caring person and he always greeted you with a smile. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. With Love & Deepest Sympathy, Mick & Sonja Tyrrell

  18. SarahLittleCloud on February 25, 2021 said:

    I remember Richard an great man an father very nice. Got to know the family an played with Barbara an Candice an lived across street With Ruth Thorsby.. was nice to see Richard at times out side his home in Canton… Thanks to his Service in Military.. R.I.P.