Richard LeRoy Pritchard, 77, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The son of Walter and Margaret (Monnahan) Pritchard, he was born November 11, 1936, near Elgin, Iowa, the fifth of 12 children to be born into this family. He attended country school in Brainard, Iowa. For the first few years Richard worked at Hodgemann’s Construction Company, paving roads in the Twin Cities area, until uniting in marriage with Frances Stray, in May of 1964, at Decorah, Iowa. To this union five children were born. Together they farmed over the years in Strawberry Point, Littleport, and Garber Iowa area.
Richard will be remembered as someone who enjoyed family, farming, fishing, hunting, cutting wood and grandchildren. Richard also enjoyed his indescribable relationship with his extensive amount of Amish friends, who became a part of his extended family. Richard was passionate about being surrounded by family and friends.
Richard departed this life after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Amos), one grandchild (Anthony Hutchinson) and two brothers-in-law, Charles Corbin and Karl Green Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Frances; four sons, Duane (Max) of Osterdock; Kevin (Lori Caston) of Hopkinton; Craig (Tammy Bolsinger) of Garber; Larry (Jennifer) Pritchard of McGregor; and one daughter, Lynette (Jason Bittner) of Millville; 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; seven brothers, Leslie of West Union; Lyle (Judy) of McGregor; Alfred (June) of Edgewood; Gary (Rita) of Farmersburg; Robert (Linda) of Charles City; Rodney (Patty) of Monona; and Brad (Malinda) of Greely, CO; three sisters, Ilo Corbin of Volga; Barbara Peterson of Mederville; and Marion Van Sickle of Elgin and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014, at St. John Congregational Church in Garber. Burial was at 1:30 p.m, Monday, February 3 at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation was from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and after 9 a.m. on Monday at the church. Casket bearers were Michael Pritchard, Luke Pritchard, Jim Klein, Steve Maiers, Dennis Ingles and Jeff Nieland. Honorary pall bearers were Ralph Corlett, David Green, Rick Thurn, Pete Keunne, Gerald Funk and Jason Bittner.
Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com.