Richard “Dick” Tector, 84, Charles City

Funeral Announcement

Richard “Dick” Tector, 84, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

A memorial service for Dick Tector will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Mr. Dennis Brock will officiate.

Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.

Richard James Tector, the son of William and Harriet (Bell) Tector, was born August 2, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois.  He attended school in the Chicago area receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science Degree from the University of Illinois.  Dick was united in marriage to Mary Joan Rithmiller on August 27, 1955 at Park Ridge, Illinois.  The couple moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Dick worked for Collins Radio with his good friend, Wayne Hansen.  They then  moved to Charles City in 1959.  Dick was self-employed in electronics (two-way radios and PA systems) and KCHA as an engineer for the local radio station.

Dick was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witness on March 9, 1957 and was an elder at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  He loved teaching others the Bible and sharing his faith.  He and Joan loved their many travels with fellow Witnesses.  They left a trail of friends worldwide…not the least of which were their work mates in Honduras.  Dick will be very much missed by his family and many, many wonderful friends.

Living family members include two sisters-in-law:  Jean Wescott of Belle Haven, Virginia and Kitty Tector of Saukville, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews: Kevin Tector, Denise Tector-Rutherford, Kariann Thon, Michelle Maclay Herndon and Nathaniel Wescott; along with numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joan on June 23, 2013; and brother, David Tector.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at