Deacon Midas remembered as ‘people person’ dedicated to service

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Deacon Richard Midas, 82, died Jan. 6 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Bishop Donald Kettler officiated at the Mass of Christian Burial Jan. 10 at St. Joseph Church in Waite Park; burial will be at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.

Deacon Midas was born June 26, 1932, to Joseph and Isabella (Schueller) Midas. He married Delores Vogt Sept. 18, 1951; they lived in Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Cloud. He spent several years with the St. Cloud Police Reserves, eventually serving as the chaplain.



He was ordained a deacon June 7, 1982, and baptized more than 500 babies, including most of his grandchildren.

“I think his favorite part of being a deacon was the people that he served,” said retired Deacon Mike Keable.

“He loved people. He loved meeting with people of all ages. He loved baptizing babies. He loved going out to visit people who were homebound and bringing them Communion. He was a people person all of his life.”

In 1985 Deacon Midas was recognized for his years of service as Grand Knight of the Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. In 2013 he was recognized by Bishop Emeritus John Kinney for 31 years of active ministry for the St. Cloud Diocese.

Deacon Midas is survived by his wife; by his sons and daughters-in-law: Gordy (Carol), Big Lake; Tom (Penny), Stillwater; Rick (Cindy), New Ulm; Ron (Janet), St. Cloud; Jeff (Tammy), Sartell; by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Jerome (Arlene), St. Cloud; Esther (Ray) Scheeler, St. Cloud; Luella (Mel) Libbesmeier, St. Cloud; Dennis (Pat), Clearwater; Mel (Anne), St. Cloud; and Shirley (Bob) Zwack, Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Darrell in 1954 and son Kevin in 1984.

Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare Sisters, Sauk Rapids, or St. Joseph Church, Waite Park.