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Richard Lyle Pierick, 88, of Crystal, formerly of Des Moines, IA, died Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017 at Centennial Gardens Care Facility in Crystal.
Richard was born July 6, 1929 at Des Moines to Katherine and Joseph Pierick. He grew up on their dairy farm. He graduated from East High in Des Moines. His first job was at Des Moines Steel Company as a welder. He was drafted into the US Army. Richard served in Korea for nine months of his two years, and returned to work for Des Moines Steel Company.
He met and married Cora Lovena Hall on June 29, 1956. In August of 1956 he enrolled at Iowa State and graduated on August 19, 1960 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He worked for Diamond Laboratories and later General Mills. He was transferred to Kansas City and later to Mpls with Pillsbury Co. His last job was with Checker Engineering. He also had Bancroft Apartments on Southside Des Moines. Four children were added to this union: Raymond Lyle, Kenneth William, Ryan Keith and Jenine Diane. Richard retired August 15, 1997. He became the full-time manager of the Bancroft Apartments.
Richard was the youngest of eight: Margaret, Catherine, Frances, Deloris, Raymond, Agnus and Clair.
He was preceded in death by oldest son, Raymond Lyle at 29 years of age. Survivors are his wife, Lovena; three children, Kenneth Pierick of Las Vegas, Ryan Pierick and Jenine Pierick of Mpls; grandson, Lance Cpl Dalton Ray Hall; granddaughter, Samantha Nichole Pierick; special niece, Ginger Saenz of Des Moines; two special sisters-in-law, Glenda Marlow and Linda Gayle Liljeblad.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 28 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Pastor Terry Roberts officiant. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Burial, with military honors by Ringgold Post #172 and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit, will be held in the Benton Cemetery at Benton, Iowa. Memorials are for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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