Richard B. Hyde

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Richard Berdette Hyde, age 86, of Elkader, passed away at home on Monday, March 7, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.


Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 307 Third St. NE, in Elkader, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the church. There will also be a Masonic service at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the Masonic Temple, 500 Strawberry Point Road, Elkader. 


Richard was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Perry Township, to Clark B. and Pauline (Ackman) Hyde. He married the love of his life Mary Diesburg on Feb. 28, 1959, in Iowa Falls. To this union, two children were born, Tracy (Greg) Smith and Randolph (Mary) Hyde. He was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, Maranda (Patrick), Casey, Mallory and Toby. 


Richard worked as an industrial engineer at John Deere Dubuque works, retiring in 1986. During this time, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque. Richard was a 32nd Degree Mason and a 50-year member of the Masons and Easter Star.


He was preceded in death by his parents Clark and Pauline Hyde, in-laws Leo and Olga Diesburg, sister and brother-in-law Janis and Raphael O’Neill and sisters-in-law Eleanor Diesburg and Martha Abbott-Meyer.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Mary, children Tracy (Greg) Smith and Randolph (Mary) Hyde, and grandchildren Maranda (Patrick) Gourley, Casey Hyde, Mallory Hyde and Toby Smith. 


The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the Gunderson Palmer Lutheran Hospice of West Union for their care.

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