|Title||Auman, Rictor H. III|
Obituary: Auman, Rictor H. III
Hiker dies at West Fern Lake - Rictor Auman, 59 of Grand Marais, died Monday, May 17 on West Fern Lake in the BWCA. Auman left Grand Marais on April 27 to hike the Kekekabic Trail. His plans were sketchy, but he had given indications to acquaintances that he might hike to Ely. On Sunday, May 16, six canoeists from Two Harbors were setting up camp on West Fern Lake when they heard someone yelling for help at the west end of the lake They checked it out and discovered Auman. He indicated to them that he had been lost for two weeks after being separated from two other people he was volunteering with on the trail. He had a pack with some food, extra clothes, matches, cook set, etc. with him. He indicated that he had some more gear, but he had set it down by a river somewhere and lost it. They brought him to their camp where they shared some fresh water and fish with him. Considering that he had been lost for two weeks, he seemed in relatively good condition. Auman spent the night at their site electing to sleep by the fire. They were going to help him get out the next day. In the morning they discovered Auman sleeping by the fire in the rain. He continued to sleep throughout the morning, but never woke up. Unknown to them, Auman may have slipped into a state of unconsciousness. They became concerned and attempted to wake him up and signal for help by firing a gun three times every hour. Auman never woke up and no one responded to their signals for help. Shortly before sunset, Auman died. The Cook County Sheriff's Office and the United States Forest Service received the report of Auman's death on Tuesday, May 18. Later that afternoon authorities from both agencies were flown into West Fern Lake to investigate. Auman's body was then evacuated and transported to the Cook County North Shore Hospital and eventually to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, where a post mortem examination was performed. The cause of death is still pending, but foul play is not suspected. - 5/31/2004
Rictor H. Auman III 59 - Rictor "Rick" H. Auman III, 59, of Grand Marais, passed away May 17, 2004, while in the place he loved, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Rick was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Gulfport, Miss. He earned masters of social welfare degree from the University of Kansas, Topeka, in 1973 and worked for many years in the field of social services. He was most recently employed at the Gunflint Tavern and Old Northwood's Lodge of Grand Marais. Rick moved to Grand Marais in 2000 and was known by many as a man with a kind and gentle spirit. Rick was a quiet and introspective man who had a passion for writing and a love of the wilderness areas. Rick's interests included ideas, psychology, spirituality and the wilderness. Rick was a friend of the library. He loved to go in-line skating and to kayak, camp and bike. He shared his love of the outdoors with a half-brother, Ed, who survives Rick. Anyone interested in celebrating Rick's life and wishing his soul well may join in a simple memorial service at the east end of Artist Point at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The Rev. Peter Monkres of the First Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, Grand Marais, will lead the memorial service.
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