Richard Allen Leavens, 94, Charles City

Richard Allen Leavens, 94, of Charles City, IA died peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, IA.

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, there will be a private family service with burial. Please feel free to share condolences with the family at In expression of sympathy memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Hospice House, 2101 Kimball Ave # 401, Waterloo, IA 50702. Cards can be mailed directly to: Jim and Sandy Lantow, 1052 Joplin Ave., Ionia, IA 50645.

Richard was born on November 30, 1925 in Shell Rock, IA to Bainbridge and Ruth (Boers) Leavens. Richard farmed all his life. Planting seed and taking care of the land was his great joy. He provided well for his four children and wife, Phyllis. He married Phyllis Irene Merfeld on December 30, 1947 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene, IA. He loved dancing with his wife. Richard had a strong and devoted faith.

Those left to cherish his memory include his four children: Sandra (James) Lantow of Ionia, Alan (CeCe dec.) Leavens of Cedar Falls, Susan (James) Zwanziger of Nashua and Bob (Joanne) Leavens of Brownsburg, IN; eight grandchildren: Rachael Lind, Steve Lantow, Christopher Leavens, Daniel Leavens, Mark Leavens, Nicholas Leavens, Tracy Leavens and Jamie Zwanziger; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis Leavens in March of 2019; parents, Bainbridge and Ruth Leavens; daughter-in-law, CeCe Leavens; granddaughter, Suzanne Lantow; great-granddaughter, Sophie Meier and brother, Duane Eugene Leavens.

Richard’s parting blessings to his family and friends was always, “God bless you and love you.”

Fullerton Hage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, IA. (641) 228-4211. Facebook: Fullerton Funeral Home


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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