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Richard F Newkirk

December 23, 1927 — September 9, 2019

Williamsburg-Richard Newkirk was born December 23, 1927 east of Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Alfred and Lillie (Brockshus) Newkirk. He attended Immanuel Parochial School. Richard served in the United States Navy. Richard was united in marriage to Ethel Heitshusen on December 5, 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Williamsburg. The made their home west of Williamsburg. Richard farmed, worked for Conroy Elevator and J & S Supply. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. He enjoyed hunting, mushroom hunting and wood carving. Richard passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg at the age of 91.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Ethel; a son, Robert (dianna) Newkirk of Williamsburg; a daughter, Becky Koele of Aurora, CO and a grandson, Nathan Koele. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ruth and her husband Virgil Mohr and a son-in-law Calvin Koele.

Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am Thursday, September 12, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church or Lutheran Interparish School. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

4:00 - 7:00pm

Powell Funeral Home- Williamsburg, Iowa

407 N Highland St, Williamsburg, IA 52361

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Starts at 10:30am

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