ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Richard "Dick" Lybeck, 82 years old, born on October 13, 1938, and passed away on February 22, 2021. We will remember him forever. He made the world a little better with his kind heart, curiosity, love of nature, and quest for us all to "think we can". Thanks for sharing your stories, pictures, and thoughts about Dick Lybeck. 
Posted by Jill Jensen on April 12, 2021
Mr. Lybeck was my favorite teacher throughout all my school years in Albert Lea, besides my dad, Vernon Jensen. He was my 6th grade teacher at Sibley. Oh the fond memories I have of this man. He loved the outdoors and shared it with our class everyday.
I remember collecting money from my class mates to buy him a hand crank ice cream maker (it couldn't be electric) for Christmas. I was so proud to give him something I knew he would enjoy.
I remember the poem, "It's All In the State of Mind", we had to memorize it and say it out loud up in the front of class. I have thought of this poem on many of occasions throughout my life and so happy you mentioned it.
I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Lybeck, Marc, Margo & Tammy. He will be greatly missed. He was a treasure. I had not seen him for many years, but I will never forgot him and all he taught me in 6th grade.
Sending prayers, hugs and love to his family. He will not be forgotten.
Jill Jensen, class of 1982
River Falls, WI
Posted by Carly Mckean on March 18, 2021
three words: Honey Boo Boo (only pops and gram will get this one)
Posted by angela keating on March 14, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Lybecks. It's so hard to lose a part of your family but hopefully you can laugh when you talk about some of the funny momements with Dick and chuckle when you think about the personality traits that made him so unique and smile when you think about the legacy he left behind.  I have so many great Lybeck memories - the camping, the outdoors, swimming, cross country skiing, Lake Kindawa, the log cabin..... thanks for putting up with me!
Posted by Jessica Lybeck on March 9, 2021
My grandpa lived a truly honorable and amazing life. Through tears, I've been enjoying memories of a man who changed so many lives for the better — including mine.

A man who was as strong as an ox, up for an adventure, and could kick your ass on cross country skis.
A man who thinks he can, so he does - and spreads that gospel with a generation of sixth graders (and all that knew him).
A man who once "went for it" with Grandma Sally on the Snake River in a canoe and barely escaped with their lives.
A man who taught me how to build things with sharp tools and throw an ax at a young age.
A man who said "at-cha-boona-schnika" in a deep Scandinavian voice (and we never even questioned what that meant).
A man who built a life in the Northwoods at Kindawa lake for his family and loved ones, a respite and example for the world.
A man who vehemently loved Starbucks and his dogs like the family they were.
A man who taught me to appreciate nature - and that the smallest acts can have big ripple effects.

A man who will be sorely missed. Love you, Gramps. I'll be thinking of you now and always.
Posted by Marti Andersen on March 9, 2021
Mr. Lybeck was my first teacher (as a para :) at Brookside). I was so impressed how well his classroom was handled. He was a superior teacher. And I loved his "It's all in the state of mind" and think even now "if you think you can, you can" often. I made him a wooden plaque at his retirement about his poem and hope it made it to San Diego! We winter in Palm Desert and had I known it would have been nice to connect again. My sympathy to your family. Marti Andersen
Posted by Roger Zeman on March 8, 2021
I was so saddened to read the Dick had passed away. My dearest condolences to Sally and the entire Lybeck family. I had the privilege to teach next to Dick at Brookside. He was among the most caring teachers that I had ever met. It was Dick who made sure students at Brookside had a cross-country skiing , camping, and Rendezvous experience. The experience of teaching next to him was the most memorable I had in my teaching career. He was loved by many and will be missed.
Posted by John Albright on March 6, 2021
I just can't believe another classmate has left us. Oh the memories I have of this guy. The football games basketball and all the other times in school. I will remmeber Dick all my life. Sally you have had a very good Man to share your life with. I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Gary Dunn on March 5, 2021
Sally, Marc, Margo, Tammy and families,

I was so saddened see Dick's obituary online at the Albert Lea Tribune website. I have many great memories of the Lybecks of 6th street and Dick was the rock of your family. He was always gracious, jovial and kind to me. I always asked Gordy Skaar at Eagle Ridge about Dick and once missed him by only 20 minutes.
Your memories of this wonderful man are no doubt keeping a smile on your face in between the tears of sadness of his passing. I join you in your smiles and grief.
Gary Dunn
Andover, MN
Posted by Bob Scherbarth on March 5, 2021
Thanks for the memories Dick! You were my hero. Jack of all trades, master of some ( Just Kidding )! Best friend, sauna companion, golf and fishing buddy and we solved a lot of problems in the world with a cold one ( the lake or a snow bank ).We will sadly miss you and all the great times we spent together. I’ll always remember when you first told me, It’s not the arrow, It’s the Indian!
Posted by harry stimson on March 3, 2021
Such sad news. Condolences from the Independence Iowa HS class of 1957. Special memories of both Dick and Sally. And further memories of Mr Lybeck who asked me if my father would like to work for the school system which was very helpful to our family. Very warm memories of the Lybeck family. Harry Stimson.
Posted by DANNY Jacobusse on March 3, 2021
Was saddened to see that you lost Dick. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy. Coach Lybeck was my football coach in Clinton, WI. At that time I was in awe of this man and his coaching style. I was the youngest and for sure the smallest of four brothers. You may not believe this but i can still remember him telling me it wasn't my small size but my heart that made the difference. He was a wonderful human being and heaven's team got better for sure. We reconnected when I took a teaching position in Albert Lea, but he was at a different building so didn't see much of each other.
Posted by S W on March 1, 2021
Dear Lybeck's,
So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. The stories paint a picture of who he was and what drove him through life. I recall the "Green Ave" stories told of me visiting with my Mom one afternoon and me, two or so, almost eating a turtle that was in a bowl on the coffee table! And after the Lybeck's moved from Green Ave across town my dog Nicky making trips across town to visit their dog!! Many Tiger Sharks swim meets that the Lybeck's were a big part of. Wishing i could swim as fast as Tammy!! We have talked of a "Green Ave " reunion for many years!! Let's make that happen!!
May your family have peace and comfort in the memories you all were a part of. ♥️
Sue (Nelson) Walters
Posted by Marc Lybeck on February 28, 2021
My Dad raised us and educated others to love the outdoors and his fellow man. He and my Mom provided us a childhood full of experiences. In addition to teaching, dad painted homes, cleaned chimneys and sold
Kettle Corn to fund the good times. Future fishing and hunting won’t be the same without all of his sayings, wisdom and humor. Most could only hope for a fraction of the legacy he has left with his family, friends and former students. My daughter used to say “there goes gramps making friends again”. Love and miss you Pops ❤️

Posted by Carly Mckean on February 28, 2021
My papa was the most important man in my life, he taught me all the great lessons in life and even how to ride a bike. We shared amazing memories that I will take with me throughout my life. Some of the best times in my life were up at kindawa with my grandparents. He will be missed by thousands but will live on through my heart and that of his friends and family.
Posted by Sally Lybeck on February 26, 2021
Dick has been my loving husband and best friend for 64 years.
He was a man of many interests and talents not to mention a wonderful husband and excellent father.
We shared a life of joy,values and interest. I miss him so much and know he will always be with me in spirit. 
He left me far to soon!


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Posted by Jill Jensen on April 12, 2021
Mr. Lybeck was my favorite teacher throughout all my school years in Albert Lea, besides my dad, Vernon Jensen. He was my 6th grade teacher at Sibley. Oh the fond memories I have of this man. He loved the outdoors and shared it with our class everyday.
I remember collecting money from my class mates to buy him a hand crank ice cream maker (it couldn't be electric) for Christmas. I was so proud to give him something I knew he would enjoy.
I remember the poem, "It's All In the State of Mind", we had to memorize it and say it out loud up in the front of class. I have thought of this poem on many of occasions throughout my life and so happy you mentioned it.
I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Lybeck, Marc, Margo & Tammy. He will be greatly missed. He was a treasure. I had not seen him for many years, but I will never forgot him and all he taught me in 6th grade.
Sending prayers, hugs and love to his family. He will not be forgotten.
Jill Jensen, class of 1982
River Falls, WI
Posted by Carly Mckean on March 18, 2021
three words: Honey Boo Boo (only pops and gram will get this one)
Posted by angela keating on March 14, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Lybecks. It's so hard to lose a part of your family but hopefully you can laugh when you talk about some of the funny momements with Dick and chuckle when you think about the personality traits that made him so unique and smile when you think about the legacy he left behind.  I have so many great Lybeck memories - the camping, the outdoors, swimming, cross country skiing, Lake Kindawa, the log cabin..... thanks for putting up with me!
his Life

A Tribute from daughter Tamlyn

Dad,
I am who I am because of you. I am a strong woman who speaks her mind because you encouraged me to be me. You taught me to be there for the team and do my part. Hopefully, my team feels that I have and do daily.  It has taken me time, but I have learned to live in the present and be mindful of my state of mind as you encouraged. It has freed me to focus on how you are with me daily through the beauty of the present moment. You are also my daughter. You have shaped her too. We will continue to spread the word. - Ubuntu
Thank you, I love you. 

Children - A Wish for Them

Marc Matthew, Margot Suzanne, and Tamlyn Kay. We all are very aware that we are 3 few of the lucky ones that got a dad like ours. He taught us many of the lessons we've learned by having a role model like Dicky Doo. He lived his life with passion and having a positive state of mind. He continues to live through us. We already see that Marc is being the grandfather his dad was for his children... and the circle of life continues. Ubuntu - I am because we are- Zulu Proverb.

Grandchildren

Being a grandfather was one of Dick's great joys. He was the grandfather we all hope to have growing up. He would play games, imagine, teach, and just have fun. Here is an excerpt from a 2007 interview on the porch of his cabin answering the questions: Do you have grandchildren? What is your wish for them?  
Recent stories
Shared by Allyson Koppelman on February 28, 2021
Here are a few of my favorite things about Mr. Lybeck:

His love of the soft drink Tab
His love of teaching and the kids he taught 
His love of Nature
His Love of Paul Harvey
His love of his family

Mr. Lybeck cared that the students he taught not only learned the fundamentals of math he also made sure that his students knew that he cared.  He made every child feel as though they were a genius in their own way.  It has been 30 plus years since I was in 6th grade but I will never forgot how important I felt every day after math class.  This was the greatest gift of all

Your State of Mind

Shared by Tamlyn McKean on February 28, 2021
Many a story is told about Dick relaying that it is all your state of mind. Here is the poem in his writing.  May you be the one who chooses to be one who thinks you can!