Richard Donald Spiegel

Born: Mon., Apr. 25, 1921
Died: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018


Funeral Service

10:30 AM Thu., Oct. 25, 2018
Location: United Trinity Church


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Richard Donald Spiegel, 97 of Hamburg, IA passed away on October 21, 2018 at the Ambassador Care Center in Nebraska City, NE.

Richard, son of Helena (Nook) and Andrew Spiegel, was born April 25, 1921 in Atchison County, MO.  He attended Union School, walking the two miles from his home at age four.  He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1937, at age sixteen.

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 sixty 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, IA; 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, IA with Rev. Portia Iverson officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hamburg, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the United Trinity Church or the Hamburg Rescue Squad.

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Denny Hackett
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
Dick and family,

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. It's always hard to let go of those we love. Knowing he is in heaven with the Lord gives us the comfort we seek at times like this. God bless you.

In Sympathy,

Denny Hackett

tina snyder
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
i was honored and lucky to get to take care of richard at the ambassador. i loved seeing him in his bibs every day. He always put a smile on my face. Listeninf to him talk about his dog Bonnie and his family, especially his grandkids, was the best part of my day. He was such an amazing, funny man, and his smile and conversations will be missed so much by those of us who got to be a part of his live at the ambassador. thank you for allowing him to be a part of our lives 💜🦋. he will be dearly missed and will always hold a special place on our hearts.

Dan & Sheryl Johnson
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Dick, Joni, and family,
Sending prayers and love as you mourn the death of your father, Richard.
He was such a kind, funny, generous, sweet man. Please know you are in our
prayers as you learn to live without Richard on this earth. Take comfort knowing
he is always with you in your hearts and memory.
Our deepest sympathy,
Dan & Sheryl Kohnson

Johna Miller Pearce
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Dick and family

I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very nice man. I remember how your parents were very nice to me. I know this loss is hard, I am praying for your family.

christi johnson
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Richard was married to my husbands mother Ruby for many years and acted as a wonderful stand in Grandpa to our daughter Chloe. I'm so glad he was blessed with a very long and healthful life.
Our thoughts are with his family,
Terry and Christi Johnson

He will be missed.


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