Richard George Myers, 80, Red Oak, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.
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Richard (Dick) Myers was born July 28, 1933 in Spencer, the son of George and Agnes (Manwarren) Myers. Dick grew up in Emmetsburg. In June 1951, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving his country proudly during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. After his discharge in 1954, Dick moved to Fort Dodge and married the love of his life, Patricia Sue Maddox, Aug. 15, 1954.
Dick worked at Hormels for 13 years and had several odd jobs including hauling coal, plowing driveways and working at Ridgewood Lanes in his spare time. After Hormels, Dick and Pat owned and operated many businesses in Fort Dodge, Boone, Red Oak and Lincoln, Neb. These businesses included a miniature golf course and driving range, three bowling centers, a pro shop, a bar and restaurant, a skating rink and the Hi Ho the Dario restaurant.
Dick's love of bowling brought them to Red Oak, where they owned and operated Red Oak Lanes for 24 years. Dick also built and ran Skateway skating rink for 12 years. Dick bowled several perfect games in his life but never stopped trying for one more. He enjoyed helping other bowlers improve their game through instruction or drilling them a new ball. Dick also coached youth bowlers for more than 30 years and was the assistant coach for the Red Oak High School Bowling Teams. His expertise led them to several State Championships.
Dick earned his pilot's license at the age of 47 and continued on to receive his instrument rating at age 54. His hobby was flying his Piper Cherokee 6 airplane and taking friends and family for a ride.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, of 59 years; his parents, George and Agnes Myers; his sisters, Jean Mankle and Rachel Hacker; and brother, William Myers.
Dick is survived by his two children, Pam Schoening and husband Phil of Red Oak and Allan Myers and wife Jane of Red Oak; six grandchildren, Eric Artzer and wife Jeanne, Stephanie Jeffords and husband Paul, Jessica Schoening, Zachary Myers, Joel Myers and Kelsey Myers; five great-grandchildren, Aries, Aubrey, Maddox, Grace and Benjamin; his sister, Nelda Wolthius and husband Gary; and brother, James Myers.
Celebration of life services were Monday, July 28, 2014, at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Red Oak. Memorials are suggested to the family. Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Nelson-Boylan-Lerette Funeral Chapel
410 N 6th St Red Oak, IA 51566
Published in The Red Oak Express on July 29, 2014