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Richard Dean Herlein

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Richard Dean Herlein


Richard Dean Herlein, 76, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 following a battle with Cancer. Services will be held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, with visitation on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

Richard was born on February 5, 1937 in Muscatine, IA to Dale and Dorothy (Bierman) Herlein. He graduated from Muscatine High School and then from the University of Iowa. He was a Special Education Teacher and consultant for over 40 years including AEA 16 and Muscatine College. Richard received the Richard Herlein Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member, after receiving the award he was quoted as saying "I couldn't have stayed in the classroom where my heart was without the support of my family." Richard was a member of St. Boniface Church, NEA, and ISEA.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Arlene Herlein of Urbandale, IA; son, Michael (Deb) Herlein of KY; daughters, Cristina (Sam) Falbo of Chicago, Dori (Ron) Webb of Kansas City, son, Troy Herlein of SC, and daughter, Amy (Mike) Duder of West Des Moines, IA; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, Jim (Judy) Herlein of Columbia, MO; and many other loving relatives and special friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Camp REECE, P.O. Box 83, Washington, IA 52353 or Muscatine Community College. Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 18, 2013
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