Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, dies

Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was born on August 8, 1957, in Ely, the youngest of seven children, to Leonard “Lanko” and Nelmi (Carlson) Tomsich. Rick was a lifelong resident of Tower. He attended Tower-Soudan High School, where he played basketball and football, graduating in 1975.
He learned the family business, Tower Bakery, first hand, alongside his parents and sisters and brothers. He worked at the bakery from age 14 until it’s closing in 1990. He then worked for Pep’s Bakery in Virginia for many years and then continued on to make the famous “Tower Bakery” pasties for everyone to enjoy.
Rick loved the outdoors. He was an avid grouse and deer hunter, with both rifle and bow. He liked to play darts and pool and was a member of the Iron Range Men’s Pool League. He also enjoyed watching the Vikings and Twins. Rick was proficient at doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles and was a master of both. He was hardly ever seen around town without his dog by his side.
Rick lived with multiple health challenges his entire life, but he displayed a consistently optimistic outlook with his easy-going nature. He was humble, kind and had a great sense of humor. He was gone too soon.
He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Tower.
He is survived by three brothers, Leonard (Judith) Tomsich of New Baltimore, MI, Barry (Gail Nelson) Tomsich of Crosslake, MN, and Timothy (Lori) Tomsich of Soudan; three sisters, Cathy (Jim) Wright of Tower, Nancy Larson of Soudan and Robin (Sheldon) Majerle of Tower; aunt, Helen Lakner of Ely; nephews, nieces, numerous cousins, his dog Breeze, many great friends and all the people whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Jill (Tomsich) Langley and a brother-in-law, Richard Larson.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with Rev. Fr. Nick Nelson as celebrant. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the mass at the church. Spring burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.