|Richard Clement (Dick) Merritt
April 29, 1930 – September 9, 2017
|Richard (Dick) Merritt, 87, died Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 15, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, with interment in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may call from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday, September 14, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Casual dress for the services is requested.
Surviving is his wife, Pat; four children, Bill (Ann) Merritt, Brenda (Dirk) Downing, and Susan (Lowell Tiedt) Merritt, Jodie (Dan) Ludwig, all of Anamosa; ten grandchildren, Jesse, Joel, Kalib, Siera, Maya, Avery, Garrett, Kyle, Brian and Aly; two great-grandchildren; Raelyn and Matthew; and two brothers, Bob Merritt and Dennis (Mary) Merritt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons, Aidan and Dane Ludwig; two sisters, Geri Christensen and Janet Bickford; and his mother and father-in-law, Roy and Hazel Kellogg.
Richard Clement Merritt was born April 29, 1930, in Waubeek. He was the son of Clement and Evelyn (Peterson) Merritt. Dick attended the Waubeek and Viola Schools. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Following his military duty, he returned home where he worked with Mervin Knapp moving houses. He also was employed at Iowa Manufacturing. Dick married Patricia Kellogg on August 9, 1958, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua. The couple lived for a brief time in Blairstown, where Dick had a livestock hauling business. They returned to Anamosa, and Dick drove a delivery truck for Anamosa Produce. In 1965, he went to work for Peoples Natural Gas, where he spent twenty-seven years as a service and repair technician. He retired in 1992. In retirement, he bought a skid loader and a dump truck and kept busy doing excavation work.
When he wasn’t with his grandchildren, he spent time collecting electric trains, woodworking and making wooden toys. He enjoyed camping and his horses. Dick and Pat also enjoyed wintering in Texas, Arizona and Florida.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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