Richard Crooks
1954 - 2021
Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA
Richard Crooks

Muscatine - Richard Lee 'Rick' Crooks, 66, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, at Lutheran Living.

Celebration of Life will be held at the end of April 2021. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in Rick's honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Zion Lutheran Church. Online Condolences: www.

Rick was born on April 28, 1954, in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Stanley and Janice Thoureen Crooks. He married Mary Townsend and they later divorced. Rick married Marcia R. Werner in December of 2013 in Conesville, Iowa.

He worked as a florist and for the Masons. Rick went back to school and received his master's degree in social work. He also worked as the pastor of Grace United Church of Christ in Conesville for 23 years.

Rick was very involved in pageants. He always had a smile and was very diplomatic. Rick never knew a stranger. He was very friendly to all with his positive comments and attitude.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Marcia; two children, Andrew Crooks of China and Melinda Dobrowolski and her husband, John, of Canada and their children Ruth and Lilith; his mother, Janice; and six siblings, Pam Elwell and her husband, Dennis, of Florida, Twyla Hartman and her significant other, Bob Watson, of Florida, Melanie Hinman and her husband, Denny, of Iowa, Torina Hill and her husband, Brent, of Iowa, Ginette Anderson and her husband, Perry, of Iowa, and Stan Crooks and his wife, Vangie, of Florida.

He is preceded in death by his father, Stanley; and his half-brother Howard 'Howie' Crooks.

Published by the Iowa City Press-Citizen from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2021.
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We became acquainted with Rick and Marsha as members of Muscatine´s Zion Lutheran Church choir. Despite his physical challenges due to Parkinson´s disease, Rick was a loyal member of the choir. When navigating the steep stairway to the choir loft became increasingly difficult, Rick graciously accepted assistance ... but it didn't stop him. When holding music steady became a problem, he allowed a fellow choir member to hold his music ... but it didn't stop him. He gave the choir strength from his presence and determination to be a contributing member of the choir. We will miss his warm, personable manner and his witty sense of humor. We will keep Marsha and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Dave and Gail
January 8, 2021
Rick and I instantly became fast friends when we met at Muscatine Community College in the fall of 1972. He gave me this baby picture of him during our two years at MCC. We were matched together as candidates for the 1973 MCC Homecoming Court. Rick was such a vibrant soul and was always generous with his time and warm, sincere compliments. He was my supportive coach when I competed for Miss Muscatine and when I went onto the Miss Iowa Pageant. Rick had a priceless sense of humor, always making people laugh. He had a special talent of making anyone around him feel good about themselves! He´s rich, deep laugh could brighten any day. Rick´s kind, giving presence will be deeply missed by those of us left behind on Earth, but I know his loving spirit will spread love throughout Heaven...
DeLynn Price Davis
January 7, 2021
I have many happy memories of Richard. He carried me down the aisle when we were in South Pacific play, He was Lt. Joseph Cable and I was his girlfriend Liat. Please accept my condolences for his family. He will me missed my many.
Lisa Raabe Shiroma
January 7, 2021
Rick & I grew up together as first cousins. We attended school from kindergarten-12th grade. We lost our first tooth about the same time, we learned to ride bicycle's, we watched Dark Shadows after school with a whole rm full of kids ,we talked about life, we double dated...just so so many memories, class reunion events, weddings, I love you Rick & I know you r a bright shining soul in God's Heaven I will see you again some day
Marie Blanchard
January 6, 2021
Marcia, I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family during your mourning process. I am so sorry he had to suffer not only with Parkinson's but Covid as well. Maintain your faith in God and know Rick is free of pain and suffering.
Diane Rohde
January 6, 2021
Cynithia Slaughter
January 6, 2021
Cynithia Slaughter
January 6, 2021
Rick was a Beautiful soul. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers for his family.
Shelby McGill King
January 6, 2021
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