Richard Twait

Richard James Twait was born August 2, 1943 in Estherville. He was the third son of Oliver and Dorothy Twait. He passed away August 30, 2022 at Winona Health Hospital in Winona, MN. Funeral service was Tuesday, September 6 at Central Lutheran Church, Winona, MN. A burial will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, MN.

Richard attended Vernon #7 Country School and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1961. He attended Emmetsburg Junior College and graduated from Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, NE.

While attending college, he worked summers in road construction and met his future wife, Peggy Miller, in Des Moines. They married in Olds in 1965 and had two children: Brian and Brenda.

Richard taught school and coached football and basketball for nine years in Waukon. In 1977 he and his family moved to the Winona area in Minnesota where he and Peggy became the co-owners and managers of Minnesota City Bus Service for the next 28 years.

They spent 15 winters in Weslaco, TX and enjoyed many cruises. Richard enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards and watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Family was important to Richard, and he was very involved with his children’s activities.

He loved his yearly fishing trips to Canada with his brothers and nephews and numerous trips to salmon fish in Alaska where they stayed in a school bus converted into a camper. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and armchair sports coaching.

He was a member of Central Lutheran Church, the Elks Club, Minnesota City Boat Club and Ducks Unlimited. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Peggy; his son, Brian, and Brian’s children, Oliver (Emily) and Josie (Cory King); and his daughter, Brenda, and son-in-law, T.J. McCauley.

He will also live on in memory with his siblings: Duane (Margaret), Larry (Jan), Lon (Linda), Tom (Patricia) and Janet; and his many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, Dale; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Central Lutheran Church, Winona, MN. Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN. Online condolences can be left at