July 17, 1925-February 28, 2019
LETTS — Richard Salemink, 93, of Letts passed away at the VA Hospital in Iowa City on Thursday, February 28. Mass will be Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Gannon Hall. Visitation will be Friday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary service at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Inurnment will be in Letts Cemetery with military rites by V.F.W. #1565 and American Legion #27. Condolences may be left at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.
Richard John was born July 17, 1925, to Henry W. and Dora M. Epping Salemink in Nichols, Iowa. He married Wanda Lee on August 5, 1956; they were the parents of two children, Dennis Allen and Diana Lynn.
He graduated from Nichols High School in 1943. He was drafted and served his country from 1943-1946 with the 106th Infantry Division in northern France, Battle of the Bulge, and the occupation of Germany. He was awarded the combat infantry badge, bronze star, and four major battle stars. After discharge, he went to Chicago to work and attended trade school in 1947 and 1948. He was then called to service in Korea in 1950 and 1951; he was awarded the Korean Service Medal and three battle stars.
He was a mechanic and truck driver for several years and retired from Thermogas Company in 1990 after 27 years. He was a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery and treatment for esophageal cancer at the University in 2004. He enjoyed golfing, working on anything mechanical in his shop, helping a farmer friend at harvest time, and spending winters in Lakeland, Florida.
He is survived by his son, Dennis, and wife, Nancy of Washington, Iowa; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda; and daughter, Diana.