Born and raised in Algona, IA, Dick graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

He previously worked as a CPA for Arthur Young & Company and as Chief Financial Officer for DRUM Financial Corporation. In 1982 he began employment with Rhoden Motor Companies as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he still holds. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bethlehem House and a Trustee of St. Peter Catholic Church.

Dick and his wife Marilyn were married in 1970 and have two sons, Dan and Dave.