Funeral services for Richard Soyk, 72, of Dickinson will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Stevenson Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Wolters officiating. Burial will follow at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan. Military honors presented by Dickinson American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard.
Visitation will take place 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2022 at Stevenson Funeral Home Dickinson.
Richard Kenneth Soyk, Dickinson, N.D., died Saturday, January 9, 2022 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Billings, MT.
Richard was born in Chicago Heights, IL to Kenneth Soyk and Donna (Zakar Soyk) Utecht on July 13, 1950. He attended Trinity Lutheran School, Tinley Park, IL, Bremen High School, Midlothian, IL, and graduated from Gettysburg High School, Gettysburg, SD in 1968.
Dick proudly entered the United States Army in 1968 and served a 2-year tour of duty in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Sergeant Richard K. Soyk was a helicopter instrument repairman with the 61st AHC. He repaired battlefield damaged Hueys (HU-1 - Iroquois) , immediately returning them to duty in order to perform rescue and battlefield missions, his work saved many soldier’s lives.
He married Patricia Coons on October 23, 1999. Together, they settled in Dickinson, ND.
He was honored to be a member of the Dickinson American Legion, Post 3.
He is survived by his dear wife, Patricia, stepson Charles (Sarah) Coons, mother Donna Utecht, brothers and sisters: David (Sandi) Soyk, Mark (Lynn) Utecht, Dori Gienger, Kenneth (Beverly) Soyk, Robert (Karen) Utecht, Kathy (Wallace) Schulz, Linda Utecht, Mary (George) Oxar, Luke Utecht, Peter (Rachel) Utecht, Andrew (Lori) Utecht, Sarah (Patrick) Gaffney and Joanna Utecht.
He was a loved uncle to: Trevor (Laura), Nathan, Kaitlin, Seth, Maggie, Christopher (Ruriko), Rachael (Michael), Rebecca, William, Paul (Clara), Hannah-Grace (Erick), Robert (Lindsey), Michaela, Zachary, Noel, Micaiah, Kyra, Ethan (Justina), Titus (Rianne), Justus (Rebecca), Amos (Katie), Isaac, Penelope (Ethan), Martin, Magdalena, Matthew, Katherine. Richard was also a proud great-uncle to: John, Noah, Anderson, Carter, Gavin, Edmund, Paul, Peter, Sophia, Akyra, Hephzibah, Zephyra, Jedidiah, Kaysen, and Ryland.
He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Soyk, his stepfather Robert Utecht, nephew Jesse Soyk, mother-in-law Marie Geck and father-in-law Edward Geck.
Dick deeply loved his wife and family. His sense of humor will be missed.