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Richard "Dick" Orthaus

Richard "Dick" Orthaus age 87 of New Hampton, IA, died Friday, October 27, 2023, at Colonial Manor in Elma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington with Rev. Jim Goerend celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in North Washington with Evan Boos, Ross Elford, Ashley Elford, Vincent Kolles, Jackson Kolles, Ken Orthaus, Jim Orthaus, Ron Orthaus, and Jason Orthaus serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the church. Richard "Dick" Orthaus, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023, at Colonial Manor in Elma, IA. Born on January 30, 1936, Dick lived a life filled with love, service, and dedication to his family, his country, and his community. Dick received his education at St. Mary's School in North Washington, IA. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army in 1955, serving his country for two years. His service led him to Germany in 1956, but not before a chance meeting and a memorable first dance with Phyllis Blong in rural Iowa. This encounter sparked a love that would last a lifetime. Their early courtship was marked by daily letters to each other and continued until Dick returned home in 1957. On April 12, 1958, Dick and Phyllis were married at St. Luke's Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA. As newlyweds, they moved to Rochester, MN, where their five children were born. Dick's career spanned the grocery business, working at Red Owl and Piggly Wiggly, and then the 7up Bottling Company. In 1971, the couple moved to the Orthaus family farm near North Washington, IA, where Dick took pride in many years of farming. Dick's later years saw him working at Featherlite. He and Phyllis also had an antique business and traveled the Midwest, participating in numerous antique shows. A man of many interests, Dick loved playing cards, woodworking, trout fishing, and golfing. Above all, Dick was a man of faith and family. He loved family reunions and always had a story to tell. His family fondly remembers his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, reflecting his loving, kind, and friendly nature. His love and thoughtfulness for family and friends was evident in everything he did, and his memory will continue to inspire those who were fortunate to know him. Dick is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis; daughters, Kim (Duane) Boos of Lake City, MN, Gina (Mark) Ebhardt of Lewisville, TX, and Faye (Brett) Elford of Red Wing, MN; son, Dee Jay Orthaus of Decorah, IA; grandchildren, Evan (Maddy) Boos, Jackson and Vincent Kolles, Ryan (Heather) Ebhardt and Brett Ebhardt, Ross and Ashley Elford; great-grandchildren Olivia and Layla Boos; brothers, Tom (Marilyn) of Marion, IA, and John (Eileen) of Des Moines, IA; sisters, Sister Kathleen of Dubuque, IA, Joanne (Dick) Gleason of Gilbertville, IA, and Linda (Bill) Noehl of New Hampton, IA; brother-in-law, Bob Jones of East Dubuque, IL; sisters-in-law, Wilma Orthaus of Rochester, MN and Terry Orthaus of New Hampton, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Olivia Orthaus; son, Todd; brothers, Gerald and William; and sister, Louise Jones. Dick's family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Croix Hospice and Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Elma for their compassionate care.

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  1. Sympathies to the Orthaus family! Thinking of you all in thoughts and prayers! Dick was a great guy!πŸ˜”πŸ™

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family I will miss his jokes and his smiling face when he came to visit me at the drive up.

  3. My prayers to all for God’s arms to be wrapped around you during this very difficult time. I will always cherish my memories of Dick.

  4. Our deepest sympathy to Phyllis and family. Lots of great memories of Dick growing up as our neighbor. He will be deeply missed. ❀️

  5. Dick was a true gentleman and great neighbor! Rest in peace. πŸ•ŠοΈPrayers to Phyllis and family!πŸ™

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. Sincere sympathy to Phyllis and her family. Dick was such a great guy. β€πŸ™ Gail & Susie

  7. My sympathy to Phyllis and to the entire family. Dick was such a friendly guy. He would always take time to visit and I enjoyed that.

  8. Uncle Dick was such a wonderful person. I will miss his sense of humor, fun jokes and wonderful smile!! What a great man! Love, Hugs and prayers!!!

  9. Phyllis and Family so sorry for your loss, I know Tom enjoyed playing cards with Dick. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Marian Gebel

  10. Phyllis and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Dick was such a nice guy. Also 65 years together is quite unheard of these days, but wonderful for you and your family. You have so many memories to cherish and share with your grands. Hugs to you!

  11. I remember meeting Dick a few times when visiting with you, Faye. His warmth and hospitality shined through. I see this same warmth and kindness passed on to all of you, his children. His love for all of you will be with you always. In sympathy with you, Karla Weis

  12. Dick was a great neighbor. Always enjoyed our visits while he watched our little guys run around the yard. Sympathy to the family. -Ryan and Heather Rausch

  13. To the family of Richard Orthaus: I lived next to Richard and Phyllis on Kenwood Ave. They were wonderful people. We had a great friend ship. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for ya. Sorry to have to give my friend up.
    Best wishes to the family. Love Ronald Counts

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