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John F. Riches
May 27, 1947–July 19, 1997
John F. Riches, 50, of Onslow, Iowa, died Saturday, July 19, 1997 at his home in Onslow after a short illness.
John was born May 27, 1947 at Anamosa, the son of John and Lena Thompson Riches. He attended Midland school at Wyoming where he graduated in 1966. He lived all his life in the Wyoming and Onslow area.
John served two tours of duty with the Army in the Vietnam War.
On June 19, 1970 John married Gaye Baker at Onslow. John and Gaye have lived all their married life around Onslow. He worked at Wears, Inc., in Monticello and McKinstry's in Wyoming.
John was a board member and volunteer for many years at Jones County Central Park and a longtime Onslow Fire Department Volunteer. His many interests included camping, Indian history, wood working and wildlife.
He is survived by his wife Gaye; one son Christopher and daughter Kimberly at home, daughters Renee (Mrs. Todd) Elder of Cedar Rapids and Theresa (Mrs. Daniel) Otten of Cedar Falls; son David Riches of Monticello; two grandchildren; his mother Lena Riches of Onslow; and two sisters Donna (Mrs. John) Woodward of Center Junction, and Marilyn (Mrs. Richard) Schmidt of Cedar Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Hayden Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial was in the Clay Cemetery near Onslow. The Rev. Paul Skelley officiated. Military graveside services were conducted by the American Legion Wyoming Post #259 of Wyoming. Friends called from 3:30–8:00 p.m. Monday at the Hayden Funeral Home in Wyoming. Casket bearers were Keith Rowley, Scott Grimm, David Dunkel, Eric Fagan, Tyler Sievers and Jeff Mull.

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