Richard L. Roethler

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Richard “Rich” L. Roethler, 87 of Fayetteville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Southwest Christian Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Washington following the mass. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 3:30 p.m. Rosary and a 7 p.m. Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Online condolences for Rich’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, GA. We ask attendees to be respectful of CDC guidelines. Richard Leonard was born on July 27, 1932 to Florian and Irene (Brown) Roethler in Ionia. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in North Washington. After completing his education, Rich began his life long career farming in Alta Vista. In 1952, Rich was drafted to the Army and served in the Korean War from January 14, 1952 to October 27, 1954. On July 23, 1958, Rich was united in marriage to Mary Lou Knipp at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville. The couple lived and worked on their farm, which Rich built, West of Alta Vista until 1976. Then they moved the family to their New Hampton acreage where Rich continued to do farming for many more years. While farming Rich also worked at John Deere in Waterloo, White Tractor in Charles City, the U.S Post Office and he spent many years in the Army Reserves. Rich retired from the United States Postal Service. In their later years, Rich and Mary Lou moved to Fayetteville, Ga to be near family. Rich and Mary Lou had seven children: Gerald, Theresa, Gary, Edward, Randy, Tamara and Jacqueline. His many hobbies included fishing, hunting, farming, gardening, camping, mechanical work, playing cards, playing checkers and reading. Rich loved spending time with his family and friends. He never met a stranger and his goal was to make you laugh. Rich is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou of Fayetteville, GA; his children, Theresa (Gary) Teramae of Altamonte Springs, FL, Gary Roethler of Kansas City, KS, Edward (Deborah) Roethler of Peoria, IL, Randy (Nel) Roethler of Metamora, IL, Tamara Vorwald of Fayetteville, GA and Jacqueline (Steve) Ross of Orlando, FL; his grandchildren; Arthur, Vincent, Jeremy, Austin (Stacey), Raquel, Danielle, Kate and Claire; his great grand children Riley and Willow; his sister, Florine “Tootie” Necas of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his son Jerry; his parents Florian and Irene; brothers Russ, Joe, Art and Ronny; his sisters Ramona, Adeline and Angeline both in infancy; his brothers-in-law Bernard Necas and Duane Gerhard; and his nephew Brian Necas.

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  1. Mary Lou and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Rich always had a good story to share. I am sure you will be sharing many of your own, keeping his memory alive! Peace to all of you!

  2. May the memories of your loved one console you today. I remember hauling eggs to the hatchery for a few around Alta Vista back in the day. He was a great man. All my prayers to his family. Jeanne (Geerts) Roder

  3. Members of Catholic Church of St. Gabriel’s Golden Threads Group certainly enjoyed Rich & Mary Lou at our monthly meetings! They joined in the Fun of Great Pot Luck Lunches, Games, Conversation, Prayers and Sharing Life Experiences with other Members of the over 55 Group! Sincere Sympathy to Their Families and Friends here in Fayetteville and Iowa!

  4. Poppy you are always going to be my hero! I have loved being by your side, our funny jokes between us and every second we could share! I love you and will miss you forever! Until I see you in heaven my angel and hero! 😘

  5. Poppy you are my hero! I have loved every min of being with you and especially our funny jokes between us! I will miss you every day of my life! Until I see you again my hero and my angel! 😘🥰❤️

  6. Mary Lou, Gary, Terry and all – I am so sorry for the loss of Rich. I remember visiting when you were still on the farm west of Alta Vista. On behalf of the Andy and Sally Grober Family, please accept my deepest sympathy.

  7. Rich & MaryLou belonged to Catholic Church of St. Gabriel in Fayetteville, GA., They were loved by many, belonged to a Group called Golden Threads which include Anyone over 55 years of age, They enjoyed activities with other members of that group! Great Pot Luck Luncheons, Card Games, Kentucky Derby games, going out to different local places for Lunch! Great Friends, good Neighbors, always a pleasure to visit with both!! We miss seeing them! Condolences to all their Family, Be Safe, Peace Of Our Lord Be with You ..Amen…

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