Richard J. Lenehan

richard lenehan

Richard James ” Beard” Lenehan, age 67, of Lourdes passed away peacefully at his home on March 26, 2023.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, in Lourdes, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass.  Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Lourdes.  Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, with a scriptural wake service at 4:00 p.m.  Online condolences may be left at  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Richard was born December 28, 1955, the son of James and Geraldine (Chihak) Lenehan in New Hampton, IA. He graduated from New Hampton in 1974, where he was awarded “best hair” and best looking in his class. He was married and the couple welcomed their four children, Lacey, LeAnn, Lonny and Lindsey. The couple later divorced.

He was known as “Beard” to many.

He held a variety of jobs including construction, working for DOT, truck driving and of course farming.

He was active in farming almost his entire life. He made many memories with his kids on the farm, picking rocks in the summer, getting the planters ready for spring, and teaching his kids how to drive and operate machinery in the fall. When talking about his tractors “if it ain’t red keep it in the shed.”

He was known for his famous lemon bar recipe and made sure to tell you how to make it not once but twice.

He enjoyed playing cards, watching the Cowboys, watching Nascar and phone calls with anyone that would listen (probably solving world problems).

He is survived by his children, Lacey Greer (Tony) of Cresco, LeAnn Shekleton (Shane) of New Hampton, Lonny Lenehan (Kelsey) of Cresco, Lindsey Wulff (Dylan) of Charles City; grandchildren Aubrey, Liam, Logan, Shyann, Aiden, Emma, Ila, Kinsley and Kashton; siblings, Rosanne Schultz, Rosalee (Denny) Lechtenberg, Randy (Patty) Lenehan, Rodney (Cindy) Lenehan,  Robert (Cindy) Lenehan, Roger Lenehan, Ronald (Mark) Lenehan, Raeanne (Russ) Obermeier, and Renee Lenehan; many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, James and Geraldine Lenehan.


Visitation: March 30, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our Lady of Lourdes
17500 Lourdes Road
Elma, IA 50628


Scriptural Wake: March 30, 2023 4:00 pm

Our Lady of Lourdes
17500 Lourdes Road
Elma, IA 50628


Mass of Christian Burial: March 31, 2023 11:00 am

Our Lady of Lourdes
17500 Lourdes Road
Elma, IA 50628


Graveside: March 31, 2023 12:00 am

Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery
14068 175th Street
Elma, IA 50628

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  1. Rest in Peace Rick, dear friend. Sincere condolences to your family and relatives. You will be missed by many. We’ll all cherish the memories.

  2. Sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Lenehan family. He was one of the Good Guys of this world and will be missed. Rest in peace Rick.

  3. Light a CandleRodney so sorry about your brother’s passing.
    Beard and I drank a few beers
    together ,back in the day.
    Is famous line was ( I ,said )
    He will be dearly missed!
    Condolences to the family.

  4. Our prayers and sympathy to all of the Lenehan families! May he Rest In Peace
    Leon and Nancy Wegner

  5. So sorry for the departure of another classmate–had some fun times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lenehan family–Mike and Deb Tenge

  6. My deepest sympathy to Rick’s family. He was a classmate of mine. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Sad to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a home room classmate throughout high school and we shared some good times. My sympathy to his family. RIP Rick.

  8. Lacey, LeAnn, Lonny & Lindsey: We are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. May the memories you have shared with him bring you comfort & peace during this difficult time. Jamie & Karen Heit

  9. Light a CandleLacey, LeAnn, Lonny, & Lindsey, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know you & the Lenehan families have my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers will be you during these difficult days ahead. May he rest in peace. With sympathy, Joyce Rapenske

  10. Condolences to all the Lenehan families. Beard always had time to chat! I’m sure I heard Rod and Beard say they solved a few of the world problems!

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