Richard Donald Spiegel, 97, of Hamburg, Iowa, passed away October 21, 2018, at the Ambassador Care Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Richard, son of Helena (Nook) and Andrew Spiegel, was born April 25, 1921, in Atchison County, Missouri. He attended Union School, walking the two miles from his home at age four. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1937 at age 16.
On March 12, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth Louise Hodde. They became parents of two sons, Richard Eric and Gary Ray Spiegel. Gary passed away on June 7, 1975. Ruth passed away on March 14, 1979. On March 13, 1982, he married Ruby Johnson. She passed away on July 31, 2012.
Richard was a member of United Trinity Church and served on the church board and the building committee. He was a board member on the North Nishnabotna Drainage District. For 60 years Richard was a DeKalb seed corn dealer.
Richard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved farming and by example shared his skills with his sons and grandchildren, as well as many life lessons on hard work, honesty, determination and humor. Richard was quick witted with a ready smile. He always carried a pocket full of Starburst candies to share with children at church or friends at the Ambassador.
Survivors are his son Dick, and daughter-in-law, Jonelle, of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Andrew Spiegel and wife, Molly, Laura Tobin and husband, Clint, and Kyle Spiegel and wife, Becca; four great-grandchildren, Claire and Grant Spiegel and Allison and Clayton Tobin; his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jack Nicholson of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willard, Roger and Raymond Spiegel; his son Gary; and his wives, Ruth and Ruby.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the United Trinity Church in Hamburg, Iowa, with Rev. Portia Iverson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hamburg, Iowa.
Memorials may be directed to the United Trinity Church or the Hamburg Rescue Squad.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.