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Richard Eldredge Wakefield, III

March 4, 1957 — February 3, 2024

Fridley

Richard Eldredge Wakefield, III, known to many as "Taco," passed away unexpectedly on February 3rd, 2024, in his home in Fridley, Minnesota.


Richard was born on March 4th, 1957, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From a young age, Rick showcased a remarkable talent for dirt bike and motorcycle riding, becoming a professional in the field. Although his career may have been little known to many, those who witnessed Rick's skills were left in awe of his incredible abilities on two wheels.


However, Rick was much more than just an extraordinary athlete. He possessed a vibrant and effervescent personality that impacted everyone he encountered. Full of life and always searching for the good in everything and everyone around him, he had a unique ability to spread joy and positivity wherever he went. His goofiness was infectious, creating endless smiles and laughter among friends and family.


One of Richard's greatest joys in life was spending time outdoors. He was an avid camper and embarked on countless road trips with his loved ones. Nature held a special place in Rick's heart, and he instilled the same sense of wanderlust in his children. The memories they shared exploring the wilderness will forever be treasured.


Aside from his adventurous spirit, Richard developed a passion for music that burned bright within him. Through music, he explored different cultures and traditions from all over the world. Richard's harmonica skills were widely recognized and admired by many. Listening to him play was like being transported to another time and place; his talent was unparalleled.


Richard Eldredge Wakefield III touched the lives of countless individuals throughout his journey. His enthusiasm for life knew no bounds, spreading positivity and kindness wherever he went. Many remember Rick from his time spent working in various kitchens throughout his career. From his father's restaurant, the Copper Stein in Minnesota to Warm Springs or Knob Hill in Idaho, Richard left a lasting impact on all those he encountered.


However, Richard's proudest accomplishments were his children, Gregory and Chandler. Their presence brought immeasurable joy to his life, and he cherished every moment spent with them. Rick taught his children to appreciate the beauty of the world and encouraged them to pursue their passions wholeheartedly.


Richard is survived by his loving children, Gregory Wakefield and Chandler Wakefield. Together, they will carry on his legacy of living life to the fullest and cherishing the music that brought their father so much happiness.


Richard Eldredge Wakefield III has left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him. He will forever be remembered for his zest for life, goofy nature, and immense love for those around him. As we bid farewell to Taco, let us celebrate the incredible life he led and honor the memories we shared with him. May he find eternal peace as he embarks on his final journey.

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