February 20, 2014


Richard E. Drees, 78, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Unity Point Health-St. Luke's of Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Danbury, Iowa. The Rev. Dan Greving will officiate. Burial will be at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Danbury with military rites by American Legion Loren Hollister Post 496 of Mapleton, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Danbury. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com.

Richard Edward Drees was born Jan. 13, 1936, in Carroll, Iowa, to Richard W. and Leona (Reiman) Drees. He grew up in the Carroll area and graduated from Carroll High School in 1954. Following high school, Richard served in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Richard married Bernice Rose Gross on June 7, 1958, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River. Following their marriage Richard and Bernice farmed in the Carroll area. The couple were blessed with seven children; David, Duane, Eileen, Richard, Dale, Trisha and Donny.

In 1967 the family moved to their current farm in rural Mapleton. Richard farmed and raised livestock until he retired. Richard also worked as a carpenter. Over the years, all of his sons worked with him in his carpentry business.

Richard was very active up until the time of his passing. He enjoyed gardening, growing grapes, making wine, and his nightly pinochle games with his loving wife. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, Bernice of Mapleton, Iowa; children, David (Dawn) Drees of Danbury, Iowa; Eileen (Bob) Flood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Richard (Deidre) Drees of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Dale (Lynn) Drees of Myakka City, Fla.; Trisha (Kevin) Folchert of Sioux City, Iowa; Donny (Michelle) Drees of Mapleton, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Tara Drees of Webb, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; Rene, Stuart, Craig, Caitlyn, Kyle, Michelle, Stephanie, Emily, Bill, Melissa, Sean, Matthew, Joshua, Joseph, Shauna, Daniel and Derek; four great-grandchildren: Sophia, Bennett, Harrison and Isabelle; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; son Duane Drees; granddaughter Alyssa Drees; sister Pearl and husband Almond "Mike" Brown; and infant sister, Eileen Drees.