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  The Leon Journal-Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa

OBITUARY ~ LEWIS RICHARD "DICK" MYERS
September 25, 1900 ~ February 08, 1981

Lewis Richard Myers sixth child of Lewis Theodore and Minnie Hutchcroft Myers, was born on Sept. 25, 1900, at the family farm home southwest of Kellerton and departed this life after a long illness, on Feb. 8, 1982, at the Ringgold County hospital at the age of 81 years, four months and 14 days. He spent his entire life within a radius of five miles from Kellerton, Iowa, wher he was well and favorably known.

"Dick", as he was familiarly and lovingly known by his friends and relatives, received his education in the rural school, "Buffalo Ridge" and attended Kellerton high school. After the death of his father in 1924, he managed and farmed the family farm until his marriage.

On April 10, 1929, he was married to Rita Hart of Lamoni at St. Joseph, Mo. by Reverend Miller Brower, who had married her parents, William and Mary Shackelton Hart, and they began housekeeping on the Frank Gray farm southwest of Kellerton. In 1930 they moved to their own farm four and one-half miles southeast of Kellerton, which was their pride and joy fo almost 43 yeas until his death.

Being a dedicated farmer, Dick loved to care for and till the soil and enjoyed raising and caring for his Hereford cattle and Chester White hogs wile builing up his farm as long as his health permitted.

Dick and Rita were privileged to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, with their friends and relatives at the Lamoni Methodist Church in April 1970.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Wayne and Glen and sisters, Viola Lesan and Vada Cummings.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Rita; brothers, Hallie and wife Nadine of Lamoni; Bill and wife Gene of West Des Moines; and sisters, Virgie Myers of Winterset; Grace Lorimer and husband Joe of Sidney; and Ethel Allen and husband Forrest of Urbandale; and Thurston Cummings of Mount Ayr; also many nieces and nephews of whom he was fond and many other relatives and friends. To know Dick was to love him.

Dick was baptized into the faith of the United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Kellerton for 56 years and practiced its principles throughout his life. He was a member of the Kellerton OES Lodge for 56 years and belonged to the Farm Bureau and American Association of Retired Persons through which he enjoyed many interesting pleasures and trips.

This poem is dedicated to Dick by Rita:

Your gentle face and patient smile,
With sadness we recall.
You had a kindly work for each,
And died beloved by all.

The voice is mute and stilled the heart,
That loved us well and true.
Oh, bitter was the trial to part,
From one so good as you.

You are not forgotten loved one,
Nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memories last,
We will remember thee.

We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by we'll miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
No one can fill your vacant place.

The following poem has been meaningful to the family:

He Is Just Away
I cannot say, and I waill not say
That he is dead . . . he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there
So think of his farming on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here,
Think of him still as the same, I say,
He is no dead . . . he is just away! ~James Riley

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 1982, at the Lamoni United Methodist Church officiated by Lawrence [illegible]mmer and Bob Hynden. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Lamoni.

Music was by Mrs. Weldon Meadows organist, and Dick Jackson, vocalist. Casket bearers were Glen Sissell, Leland Dufty, Royce Dively, Francis Virden, N. H. Campbell and Dean Bonebrake. Honorary bearers were Bill Smith, Cliff Taylor, Paul Griffith, Jack Padgitt, Marvin Shields and Cleone Wilcoxson. Masonic services were conducted by Topaz Lodge #438.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2015

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