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C. Richard Pedersen

West Des Moines

C. Richard Pedersen, 76, of West Des Moines died at home on February 15, 2011. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 19 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where he was a member. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Dick was born in LeMars, IA to Carl and Hazel Pedersen on January 7, 1935 and grew up on the family farm near Marcus, IA. He met Mary Baack and they were married on October 29, 1955. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman from 1955-1957 and was stationed in Japan.

Dick served with the Iowa State Patrol from 1959 to 1994 and retired as a Lieutenant. He was stationed in Swea City, Sioux City, Cedar Falls and Spencer. He was an FBI National Academy graduate. He later served with the U.S. Marshals Service for five years in Des Moines as a court security officer.

Dick enjoyed traveling with his family throughout the United States. His greatest love was being with his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include his wife of 55 years, Mary of West Des Moines; four children, Debora (Alan) Rice of Yuma, AZ, Robert (Brenda) of West Des Moines, James (Linda) of Blue Springs, MO and John (Laurie) of Vero Beach, FL; nine grandchildren, Sara, Daniel, Thomas, Allison, Nicole, Kirby, Jami, Michael and Katherine; two brothers, Paul (Tressie) of Carthage, MO and John (Celine) of Marcus, IA; and sister-in-law, Helen Pedersen of Shenandoah, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Anne and Betty; and brother, Bill.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel where a rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. and a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2011
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