Dick Clark Sailer (1941 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE - Dick Clark Sailer, 72, Independence, formerly of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 8, at West Village Care Center in Independence after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Blessed Hope Church in Vinton with Rev. Peter Lolagne officiating. Private burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Dick Clark Sailer was born June 21, 1941 at Jefferson, the son of Dale and Kathryn Pischel Sailer. He graduated from Coon Rapids High School. The family later relocated to the Walker, area.
On Nov, 2. 1963, he was united in marriage to Leota McNeal at the Assembly of God church in Vinton. They made their home in Vinton until 1979 when they moved to Independence.
Dick worked a variety of jobs, including several years at Rath Packing and Iowa Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids. For twenty eight years he was an over the road trucker, retiring from Jensen Transport in Independence in 2003.
He was a loving father to his two daughters and grandpa to eight grandchildren. He was dedicated to his church and his family.
Dick is survived by his wife, Leota and daughter, Becky (Peter) Lolagne both of Independence and daughter, Valerie (Dean) Close, Brandon; brother, David (Kathy) Sailer, Baytown, Texas; sisters, Eva (Gary) Mueller, Albuquerque, N.M., Marjorie (Bill) Kirkpatrick, Cedar Rapids, and Carol (Leroy) Haberl, Carroll; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Thelma Sailer and Joan Coleman.
A memorial fund has been established.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, is caring for Dick and his family. Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com
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1212 1st Ave
Vinton, IA 52349
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 9 to Dec. 28, 2013