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“Pauline and family. Rich was a wonderful person.We always enjoyed the times you two spent at Riverview. May God be with you in your time of sorrow. ...Read More »
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“Our sincere sympathy to the family of Richard. May the memories you cherish help you through these days of grieving. Blessings and prayers. Carolyn...Read More »
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“We were so sorry to hear about Rich and extend our sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
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“Throughout my 25-year newspaper publisher career, Rich was on of the finest professionals I had the privilege to compete against and later work...Read More »
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Richard (Rich) Franklin Myers, 85, was born August 1, 1927 in Estherville, IA to Wesley John and Ellamae (Lundgren) Myers. He quietly passed away at home, March 4, 2013 in the presence of his loving wife, Pauline, and family members. He fought a brave fight with cancer for 2 ½ years. Following cremation, a graveside service will be held at the East Side Cemetery in Estherville at a later date. Rich was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all. He will be deeply missed by his wife and family.

Rich was united in marriage to Pauline (Merriott) Kelly July 16, 1951. Due to his position as theatre manager for Central States Theatre Corporation, the family moved several times between 1952 and 1957 to Fort Dodge, Cresco, Mason City and finally returning to Estherville in 1957 where he had accepted a position with the Estherville Daily News as the Advertising Manager until his retirement July 30, 1989.

He loved to hunt and fish and following a full day at work, it was not unlike him to head over to the Spirit Lake area where he could be found throwing a line from his fishing float tube. He and Pauline enjoyed cruising Spirit Lake, the Okaboji's and Kabekona Lake in northern Minnesota in their boat, the Nikki II, named after their youngest granddaughter. In recent years, they drove to the Spirit Lake area seven days a week, enjoying a ride around the lakes and then dining at one of several of their favorite restaurants.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: DeWain (Wes) Myers of Las Cruces, NM and John Myers of Estherville.

He is survived by his wife: Pauline; a son, Dr. Jim Kelly (Jean) of Cedar Falls, IA; a daughter, Judy Erickson (Jim) of Waverly, IA; four grandchildren: Betsy Peterson; Jodi Dieken; Jeff Dieken (Carrie), all of Cedar Falls and Nikki Hudnutt (Curt), of St. Louis, MO. He had eleven great-grandchildren: Ben, Natalie, Josh, Nick and Sofie Peterson; Johna and Mattie Dieken, all of Cedar Falls; Jessica Dieken of Tuscaloosa, AL; Austin Goreham of Denver, IA; and Jacob and Mia Hudnutt of St. Louis. Rich has two surviving sisters: Marianne Peterson of Brandon, SD and Barbara Maine of Kingman, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Kabekona Lake Foundation, Box 8, Laporte, MN 56461; Estherville Hospice; or the American Cancer Society.

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