In Memory of Richard Edward Drees



Richard Edward Drees
Richard Edward Drees
Born: January 13, 1936
Died: February 17, 2014
Age: 78
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Richard Edward Drees
January 13, 1936 - February 17, 2014
From: Mapleton, IA

Richard E. Drees, age 78, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s of Sioux City, Iowa.
          

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Danbury, Iowa. The Reverend Dan Greving will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery of Danbury, Iowa with military rites conducted by the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton, Iowa. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Danbury, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com 

Richard Edward Drees was born on January 13, 1936 in Carroll, Iowa to Richard W. and Leona (Reiman) Drees.  He grew up in the Carroll area and graduated from Carroll High School in 1954.  Following high school, Richard served in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Richard married Bernice Rose Gross on June 7, 1958 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River. Following their marriage Richard and Bernice farmed in the Carroll area.  The couple were blessed with seven children; David, Duane, Eileen, Richard, Dale, Trisha, and Donny.

In 1967 the family moved to their current farm in rural Mapleton.  Richard farmed and raised livestock until he retired.  Richard also worked as a carpenter.  Over the years, all of his sons worked with him in his carpentry business.

Richard was very active up until the time of his passing.  He enjoyed gardening, growing grapes, making wine, and his nightly Pinochle games with his loving wife.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, Bernice of Mapleton, Iowa; children, David (Dawn) Drees of Danbury, Iowa; Eileen (Bob) Flood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Richard (Deidre) Drees of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Dale (Lynn) Drees of Myakka City, Florida; Trisha (Kevin) Folchert of Sioux City, Iowa; Donny (Michelle) Drees of Mapleton, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Tara Drees of Webb, Iowa; seventeen grandchildren; Rene, Stuart, Craig, Caitlyn, Kyle, Michelle, Stephanie, Emily, Bill, Melissa, Sean, Matthew, Joshua, Joseph, Shauna, Daniel, Derek; four great-grandchildren; Sophia, Bennett, Harrison, Isabelle; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, son, Duane Drees; granddaughter, Alyssa Drees; sister Pearl and husband Almond “Mike” Brown; and infant sister, Eileen Drees.

SERVICES

11:00 A.M., Friday,
February 21, 2014
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Danbury, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Father Dan Greving

Deacon
Rev. Mr. Ray Rosburg

CASKET BEARERS

David Drees
Richard Drees
Dale Drees
Donny Drees
Bob Flood
Dr. Kevin Folchert

VISITATION

5:00 - 7:00 P.M., Thursday
February 20, 2014
with a Vigil at 7:00 P.M.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Danbury, Iowa

MUSIC

Julie Hamann, Pianist & Cantor

“Love Divine All Love Excelling”

“The King Of Love My Shepherd Is”

“Behold The Lamb”

“I Know My Redeemer Lives”

 

INTERMENT

St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Danbury, Iowa


Condolences


Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM
“Dear Donny and Michelle-
I was deeply saddened to see this obituary in the Carroll paper. I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
- Paul and Sarah Shomshor
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM
“ Donnie and family, Are thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Sincerely, Dennis & Sara Youngers”
- Dennis & Sara Youngers
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. ”
- Kevin and Ann Fry
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM
“You are in my prayers. He is now in heaven with God. With sadness, Brian.”
- Brian Drees
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM
“Donny and family
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. You are in thoughts and prayers.”
- Harlyn & Nona Hengeveld
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this time of loss. It seems sudden deaths are always a shock but we all know the Lord knows what he is doing and we all trust in him. God Bless All of You. We will have a Mass celebrated for Dick here at All Saints in Cedar Rapids.”
- Jerry & Margene Rule
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss and will remember Dick in our prayers. We will have a Mass celebrated for him at All Saints here in Cedar Rapids, Ia on July 2nd at 8:00 AM. God Bless all of you and we are sorry we won't be able to attend, the weather as you know has been so different this winter.
Margene & Jerry Rule”
- Jerry & Margene Rule
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM
“So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Sympathies to each of you and may God grant you peace and love in this time of your loss. Although he may be gone but never forgotten.”
- Gary & Dee Ann Lansink
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM
“I know that no words can really help, but we are sending some long-distance love and hope you find comfort in the knowledge that memories of Dick will continue to put smiles on faces and warm many hearts. I wish we were able to make the trip to pay our condolences... Love always, Marcie, Mike and Andrew (Venteicher) Strange”
- Marcia (Venteicher) Strange
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM
“We are so sorry for your families loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Pat and Bob Sweet
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM
“Dave and all Wayne and I would like to extend our sympathy to you and all on your loss God Bless you all Take Care”
- Wayne & Ina Mae Bliesmann
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