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Richard K. Henn

March 11, 1943 - April 28, 2022

Service Date: May 5, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Ankeny First United Methodist Church

A visitation will be held 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd).  A celebration of life will be held 10:30am, Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut St.)

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Richard Keith Henn, 79, of Ankeny passed away April 28, 2022.

A visitation will be held 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd).  A celebration of life will be held 10:30am, Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut St.)

The celebration of life will be livestreamed the day of the service. The livestream can be seen at https://boxcast.tv/view/richard-henn—memorial-jmetbobxenjuk5hmhgyv

Richard was born March 11, 1943, in Belmond, IA. The son of John and Gladys (Duregger) Henn, he was the third of four children.

The family farmed in Belmond until he was a junior in college. Richard graduated from Belmond High School in 1961. He enjoyed participating in an a cappella vocal group, school plays, and football. He then went to Drake University in Des Moines where he studied accounting.

Richard studied hard while working nights at Farm Bureau. In the summer, he worked construction gaining hands-on experience with concrete, brick laying and moving houses.

He met the love of his life, Karen Nielsen, on a blind date in Pierson, Iowa.  Six months of long-distance dating led to a proposal, and they were married in August 1965. Their first residence was a 10×55 ft mobile home in Des Moines, complete with central air and pink appliances, before moving to Ankeny.

He graduated from Drake in 1966 and went to work for John Deere in accounting and computer programming. During his 35 years with Deere, he was recognized for his work ethic and performance, and he became a consultant to other factories.  He was promoted to Deere’s world headquarters in Moline, Illinois but gave up this position to move his family back to Ankeny where they have lived and been members of Ankeny First United Methodist Church for over 50 years.

Showing up for others was always important to Richard. He was the proud father of three and grandfather of eight.  He was always there to support; making projects together, cheering at activities, sharing his boating skills and skiing lessons, cooking pancakes, and helping out his loved ones in countless ways.

Richard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen; his children, Kimberly (Glenn) Hammer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kevin (Kylie) Henn of Parkville, Missouri, Kyle (Stacy) Henn of Lenexa, Kansas; grandchildren, Brianna Hammer, Kayleen Hammer, Elise (Tim) Hezel, Alec Henn, Isaac Henn, Adam Henn, Ryan Henn, Reghan Henn; a future great-grandchild due in July; and his siblings, Marcia (Bob) Koester, John (Rejane) Henn, and David (Donna) Henn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gladys Henn.

Richard lived every day of his life with determination, faith, optimism, integrity, sacrifice, a “family first” priority, quiet strength, and love.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a future memorial in Richard’s name.

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