Hamilton County


Richard Lee Grace




Richard Lee Grace was born May 4, 1923 to Grant Fay and Opal Marion Grace. He died July 24, 2006 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Richard served with the U.S. Army in World War II.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 25, 2006

Richard L. “Dick” Grace, 83, of Webster City, a former Kamrar area farmer and business man, died Monday, July 24, 2006 at Crestview Senior Living at Webster City. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ryan Christenson officiating. Visitation will be at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and prior to the service time. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post # 191.

Richard Lee Grace, son of Grant and Opal Lockie Grace, was born May 4, 1923 at McIntire, Iowa. He received his education at McIntire graduating in 1941. During WW II, he served with the 78th Lightning Division of the 3rd Army, 303rd Engineer Company and was in the European Theatre of Action. On December 22, 1946, he married Margretta Jean Neesen at Webster City. The couple resided at Arlington and later Oelwein where they operated taverns. In 1951, they moved to a farm west of Kamrar. They moved to Kamrar in 1959 and operated a cafe and grocery store for 10 years and also continued to farm raise their children. Following retirement, they moved to Webster City in 1993. Mrs. Grace died September 1, 2000. He moved to the Crestview Apartments in 2001 and to Crestview Senior Living in March of 2004.

Dick is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Barb and Marty Shleichardt of Grand Island, NE; Shari Grace of Marshalltown; son, Rusty Grace of Kamrar; grandchildren, Grant Schleichardt, Brandon and Brittani Pironne; brother, Tom Grace of Oelwein; sister, Peggy Davis of LeRoy, MN, several wonderful nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Cartney; brother, Walter Grace.

He was a member of the Kamrar United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, American Legion Post # 191, V.F.W., Kamrar Lions Club, Kamrar School Board and the United Cooperative. He stayed in Europe after his company was shipped back to the United States to play baseball for the Army. He played semi-pro in the central United States area and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, but had to decline because of other commitments. His interests included baseball, antiques and primitives, current events, practical jokes and politics. Hamilton County has lost a very dedicated Democrat.

Source: ancestry.com