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A celebration of life for Richard A. Pate, 87 of Kalona will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:00AM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona with Pastor Jerry Stevenson officiating. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the Kalona United Methodist Church in Kalona. The body has been cremated. A memorial fund has been established for the Pleasantview Home or Iowa City Hospice. Richard Pate died Sunday, September 09, 2012 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona following a decline in health.
Richard Albright Pate was born December 19, 1924 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Richard Manly and Della (Albright) Pate. He graduated from Iowa City High School in 1943. In August of 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during World War II in Italy and the Philippines. On May 7, 1947 he was united in marriage to Ruth Katzenmeyer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Richard farmed in the Iowa City area his entire life and was a member of the Welsh Church. He was also a charter member of the Iowa City Camel Wheels (1971), Iowa Cattleman's Association (1973), a 50 year member of Sharon Center Fellowship Lodge #549, KAABA Shrine, Scottish Rite Consistory in Davenport, Lone Tree American Legion and a past president of the Welsh Pioneer Cemetery Association. Richard enjoyed traveling and farming.
Survivors include his wife Ruth of Iowa City, two children, David and wife Christine Pate of Iowa City, Iowa, Janet Barber and friend Dale Schoen of Overland Park, Kansas, three grandchildren, Chad and wife Shauna Pate, Elizabeth Pate and John Barber and one great-granddaughter, Ella Isabelle Pate, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Pate of Iowa City, Iowa.
Preceding Richard in death were his parents and one brother, Robert Pate.
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