Richard “Dick” Dight, 71, of Rudd, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Dick’s life will be held Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a time of sharing beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City.
Richard Donald Dight was born on November 6, 1945 in Charles City, IA. He was the son of Howard & Edith (Bethell) Dight of Charles City. He started school attending Ulster #8 country school & then went to Charles City schools graduating in 1963. After graduating Dick started his farming career & purchasing his first farm in 1964.
Dick always had a love for the land/farming & raising pigs & his cow/calf herd. He was proud of the prize winning show cattle that he raised for his children to show & to sell for other youth to show at local & state fairs. He served on the Farmers Coop/Rockford board of directors for many years, sold Agri Pro seed & served on the Floyd County Fair board for many years where he also served as president. Dick also worked at A&B Elevator in Charles City, delivered Sar seed corn & had his own trucking business. In his younger years he loved tractor pulling with “Little Puff” his Allis tractor & pulling the micro mini tractor which he made himself. He enjoyed snow mobling & hanging out with Russ Sido, Bill Koehler & Mike Trettin (the four amigos). Dick was active in 4-H as a youth & was a 4-H leader & was very active in the Charles City FFA & won state & national meat judging contests thru FFA. Dick suffered a stroke in 2006 which ended his farming & cattle career, and diagnosed with lung cancer July 2015.
He was united in marriage to Brenda Kock on May 18, 1974 in Charles City. They enjoyed farm life for 41 years before moving to Rudd in October 2015 due to his poor health. They loved the farm & raised three children on that farm. Kyle, Trent & Kate & taught them the values of farming & farm life. He was very proud of his kids, Kyle, Trent & Kate for their cattle & other livestock showing abilities. He was proud of Trent for stepping up to take over the love of the farming after his stroke & Kate for following her dream & love of teaching of pre-school & Pre-K students.
Dick is survived by his wife, Brenda of Rudd; children: Trent (Jerri) Dight of rural Rockford and Kate (Steve) Porter of Eagle Grove; four grandchildren: Dillan, Tyson and Braxton Dight of Rockford and Kenley Porter of Eagle Grove; mother & father-in-law Sylvan and Thelma Kock of Greene; brother, Robert (Marian) Dight of Charles City; sister-in-law, Pam Dight of Osage; in-laws: Rob Younie of Jefferson, Carma Hillman of Marble Rock and Sherrine Bundt of Menomonee, WI; and many friends, neighbors, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, Kyle Dight (1989); his parents; twin sisters at birth; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Jane Dight; brother, Tom Dight; brother and sister-in-law, Danny Hillman and Karen Younie.
In lieu of flower the family suggests memorial to the family or charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Royer, Kim and Brittney and the office staff at the Charles City Family Health Center for all their loving care over the years.
Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hauserfh.com.