WARNECKE, RICHARD

Richard Warnecke Clarinda, Iowa Mar. 31, 1939-June 19, 2020 Richard Paul Warneke was born on March 31, 1939 at the farm home of his parents, Henry William Warneke and Zoe (Sherman) Warneke which was southwest of Clarinda, Iowa. He was the sixth of their six children. His siblings were Carl (Cecilia), Clara, William (Wilma), Martha (Leonard and Elmer) and Orville. All preceded him in death as well as his parents. Richard attended grade school south of Clarinda at Olive Branch School. After finishing eighth grade, he completed the final four years at Clarinda High school graduating with the class of 1958. During 1955, he met Deanna Hope Cade. They were married October 5, 1958 at the First Christian Church of Clarinda. They shared over 61 years of marriage and were blessed with two very special daughters Deborah Lyn (Ron) Herzberg of Estherville, IA and Denise Leigh (David) Rasing of Altoona, IA. They were very proud to be blessed with three granddaughters, Chelsea Rasing of Houston, Texas, Katelyn Herzberg of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Sarah Rasing of Altoona, Iowa. Richard worked in several occupations. Early in their marriage, he farmed south of Clarinda. Then they resided in Omaha, Nebraska working for Roberts Dairy and Carl Warneke Plumbing. After several years, he moved back to Southwest Iowa where he ran the Gulf Gas Station in Clarinda and worked at the Clarinda Treatment Complex. He then retired after 20 years of being employed with NSK Corp in Clarinda in April 2001. Richard was a member of the First Christian Church as well as having been baptized as a child into St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarinda. He belonged to several service and volunteer groups. Those included IOOF, Lions, Optimists, and perhaps his most fulfilling was the 6 years he spent on the Nodaway Valley Museum Board. Richard loved people and never missed a chance to visit or have coffee with friends. In April 2019, he and Deanna moved to Estherville, Iowa to be close to family where he fought a long battle with lung cancer. He was cared for by the Avera Hospice Estherville for many months. He passed on Friday, June 19, 2020 surrounded by family. He was a happy man, a good father and grandfather who more than anything loved, and was very proud of his girls and granddaughters. Graveside Memorial Services were held 2:00 PM, Monday, June 22, 2020 at Summit Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa with Pastor Mike Harvey officiating. Open visitation was held 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment was held at the Summit Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'.

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