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Richard Arthur Staples

December 31, 1948 May 19, 2019
Richard Arthur Staples
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Obituary for Richard Arthur Staples

Richard Arthur Staples, was born December 31, 1948, in Creston, Iowa the son of Alvah Tom and Rowena (Hess) Staples. He grew up attending Mercer Center Country School, and graduated from Corning High School. He attended Barber School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rich married his first wife, Sherry, and to that union a son, Michael John Staples, was born. They later divorced. Richard married Joan Strickland Fast on June 26, 1999, in Creston.
Rich was an accomplished pianist, playing by ear. He could listen to a song a time or two, and then play it! He loved playing, even performing concerts in Lenox. Dearest to his heart was playing for his church in Stringtown. He was a member of the Stringtown Community Church near Lenox, where he never missed a service until his health was failing.
Left to cherish Rich’s memory are his loving wife Joan Staples of Corning, Iowa; his son, Michael Staples of Corning, Iowa; his mother, Rowena Staples of Chillicothe, Missouri; step-daughters, Jamie Young and husband Albert of Delafield, Wisconsin; and Erica Borja and husband Dennis of Harker Heights, Texas; also a step-daughter Angie Ramsey and husband Ed of Villisca, Iowa; step-grandchildren, Charlotte, Eloisa, Mickey, Francesca and Gretchen Borja; his uncle, Carroll Hess of Washington State; sisters-in-law, Julie Newman and husband John of Stanton, Iowa; and Janean Hart and husband Rodney of Stanton, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Joel Strickland of Stanton, Iowa; a niece, Brittany Staples; a nephew, Ian Staples; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Rich in death is his father Tom Staples; a brother, John Staples; both the Staples and Hess grandparents; Aunt Alice Staples; Aunt Joy (Staples) Nolte and her husband Richard.

The memory of a well-spent life never dies.
Rich faithfully served his community and church.
May he be at peace in God’s loving care.

Previous Events





3:00 PM 5/28/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/28/2019 7:00:00 PM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Lenox

124 S. Main Street
Lenox, IA 50851

The family will greet friends Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 PM

Ritchie Funeral Home - Lenox
124 S. Main Street Lenox 50851 IA
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 5/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Stringtown Community Church

County Road and Highway 34
Stringtown, Iowa 50851

Cremation will follow the services with interment of ashes at Oak Hill Cemetery in rural Corning, Iowa

Stringtown Community Church
County Road and Highway 34 Stringtown 50851 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details


Oak Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

RR 1
Corning, IA 50841

RR 1 Corning 50841 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

In Rich's name.

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