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“Julie and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I didn't know your father, but am sure that he was a wonderful man. Prayers are with all of...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Kristy Simington - Graettinger, IA

“The Pergande family grew up with my brothers and sisters. I have many memories with Rich and he will be missed very much. I wanted to give my...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Doug Thompson - blue Springs , MO

“I'm very sorry. The Pergande family has been special to me and my family over the years, and I send to you my most sincere condolences. Kevin...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kevin Nelson - Bayard, IA

“we would like to express our sympathy. we were good friends many years ago when we were next door neighbors in Estherville. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: wayne & mona king - estherville, IA

“Definitely a "one of a kind" brother that would do whatever he could for Anyone. I'm glad you're no longer in any pain and at peace. You're...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Christianson - Sister

“going to Miss U Rich buddy, i will always remeber our battles on the Football field on Friday nites playing against each other. you will be missed...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Chuck @ Jocelyn Fairbanks - IA

“Bonnie & Family ~ I am so sorry to hear about Richard! My heart breaks for you. I have so many fond memories of you guys and the fun we used to...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Leslee Woodyard - Estherville, IA

“bonnie and family; my deepest sympathy . grace howard @ redemption center ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: grace howard - estherville, IA

“Bonnie, Jason and Jesse~ Please know you all are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I have many funny and great childhood memories of him...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Amanda (Stebritz) Murray - IA

“Richard always had a smile and a positive attitude. I will remember him as a good friend and neighbor who could always make me laugh. RIP Richard,...Read More »
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Richard Ernest Pergande, the son of Ernest and Barbara (Johnson) Pergande, was born November 15, 1952, in Clarion, Iowa. He passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, at his home in Armstrong, Iowa, at the age of 59.

He received his education in the Renwick, Iowa, schools. Richard served in the United States Marine Corps from 1971 - 1973.

He was united in marriage to Mary Murray in 1975. The couple later divorced. Richard was employed in the building and construction industry and drove truck. On July 13, 2001, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Wegner. The couple made their home in Armstrong and from 2002, Richard was employed at GKN Wheels until failing health no longer allowed him to work. In his leisure time he enjoyed western movies, playing pool and gold prospecting.

Left to cherish Richard's memory are his wife, Bonnie of Armstrong; his children, Julie (Martin) Watson of St. Louis, Missouri, Jason Pergande of Armstrong, Jesse (Amber) Pergande of Armstrong; his grandchildren, Jackson, Liam, Hallie and Landon; and siblings, Bruce (Linda) Pergande of Webster City, Iowa, Kathy (David) Christianson of Humboldt, Iowa, Vicki Fortner-of Humboldt and Greg Pergande of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and brother in law Dean Kitley of Fort Dodge.

Preceding Richard in death were his parents and sister, Vivian.

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