Richard Sperfslage

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Richard William Sperfslage was born May 22, 1930, in rural Earlville, Iowa, the son of Frank and Magdaline Eike Sperfslage.
Richard was united in marriage to Ethel Greiner on September 11, 1950, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Earlville. They farmed near Earlville in 1951for one year, then near Ryan from 1952 to 1959, until moving to their present farm near Monti.
At the age of 79 years, Richard entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a short illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rodney; and his brother, LeRoy.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Ethel, of Winthrop; seven sons: David (Coleen) of Winthrop; Dan (Diane) of Aurora: Dennis of Independence; Roger (Shelley) of Winthrop; Don (Verna) of Winthrop; Richard (Wendy) of Winthrop; and Dean (Dana) of Edgewood; five daughters: Ruth Ann (Jim) Mangold of Ryan; Rita (Bob) Knutson of Rowley; Rose Mary Sperfslage of Manchester; Diane (Dean Stone) Sperfslage of Oelwein; and Darleen (Rich) Espe of Oelwein; thirty grandchildren and twenty five great-grandchildren; seven brothers: Francis (Joan) of Edgewood; Harold (Iva) of Phoenix, Ariz.; Lawrence (Alice) of Strawberry Point; Eugene (Janet) of Coggon; Norbert (Sharon) of Cedar Rapids; Jim (Lucy) of Central City; and Tom (Lou) of Central City; and two sisters: Dorothy Ann Hilby of Masonville; and Viola (Clifford) Bentley of Shueyville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in St. Patrick's Oratory at Monti. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery at Monti. Visitation will be from 2 PM until 8 PM Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, and until 10 AM Friday at Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop. A scripture service will be held at 8 PM Thursday at Fawcett's. For further information or to send a message to the family go to under obituaries. Visit our guestbook at

Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15, 2010