Robert Richard

Robert Joseph "Bob" Richard

Sunday, June 3rd, 1945 - Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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Robert Joseph Richard, 74, of Tiffin, formerly of Independence, died on October 24, 2019 at the VA hospital in Iowa City.

Robert was born on June 3, 1945 in Marshalltown and graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1963. He attended the Finley School of Nursing, the University of Dubuque, and the University of Iowa where he earned a Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and spent 34 years as the administrator of the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence before retiring in 2010. During his career, Robert served on numerous boards including the Iowa Donor Network, Iowa Hospital Association and The Wellmark Foundation. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa and the Knights of Columbus,

Robert is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Tiffin, son Matthew of Altoona, daughter Kelli of San Diego, son Michael (Wendy Holst) of Omaha, and daughter Kara (Joey Steggall) of Iowa City. Six grandchildren; Alyssa of San Diego, Meagan and Heather of Omaha, and Madison, Taylor and Jakob of Iowa City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rosemary, and siblings Gerald, Mary and Ann, and a grandson Anthony.

A mass of the Resurrection will be said at 10:30 AM Monday, October 28th in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, Iowa with Rev. David Beckman officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 3 to 8 PM Sunday at the Reiff Family Center, Independence and from 9AM to services Monday at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Winthrop, IA. A Rosary will be recited at 3 PM, a Military Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 PM and a Parish Vigil Service at 7 PM Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Iowa Donor Network. 550 Madison Avenue, North Liberty, IA 52317.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, October 28th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Monday, October 28th, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    St. Patrick's Parish Center
    544 1st St S
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  • Service

    Monday, October 28th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, October 28th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Winthrop
    555 1st St. South
    WINTHROP, IA 50682
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    Rev. David Beckman
    Rev. Jim Brokman
  • Reception

    St. Patrick's Parish Center
    554 1st St S.
    Withrop, IA 50682
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  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Knights of Columbus
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • VFW
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Eric Briesemeister

Posted at 04:55pm
I got to know Bob as a hospital CEO and then on the Board with IDN. Such a sweet, thoughtful man. He will be missed. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Eric Briesemeister

Craig Johnson

Posted at 10:00pm
Bob is a person who guided me without knowing he was guiding me. Through several meetings with Bob about community related Items, I learned a lot and enjoyed his friendship. He was also a friend to my dad. Both enjoyed the friendly “barbs” they tossed at each other. Sympathies to Bob’s family.

Polly Riggan

Posted at 08:17am
I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will remember him fondly as he was always such a joy to visit with. Wonderful man and family. Love and prayers to you all during this time and beyond.
Polly Riggan

Ellen McCardle Woods

Posted at 11:24pm
I cannot begin to thank Bob. While I was a candy striper at then Peoples Hospital, he helped me get my start in a career. I asked him if I could go on an ambulance call because that what I really wanted to do. He allowed me to go. I have loved EMS my whole life .. thanks Bob for giving me the chance..

John R. Swift

Posted at 06:56pm
Our sympathies to Bob's family. Our most cherished memories with Bobby, Mary's nephew, are probably pre-Vietnam where 45 holes on the Dubuque golf course were followed by a huge meal fixed by his Dad, Joseph, and then out to bowl a few lines, amidst a host of one-liners and many other jokes, all told in dialect. We never expected to see this day.

John and Mary Swift, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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