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Richard Ristau

August 29, 1926 — October 14, 2020

Richard Keith Ristau, 94, of Grimes, Iowa and formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Tuesday at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion ( or to a charity of the Donor’s choice.

Dick was born on August 29, 1926 in Spring Valley, the son of Adolph & Oralda (Fowler) Ristau.  He graduated from DePue High School in Illinois.  After graduation, he was briefly employed with the New Jersey Zinc Company before entering the United States Navy during World War II.  Following his service, he was a machinist apprentice for four years with Caterpillar.  Dick was then a Manufacturing Engineer for thirty-five years, retiring in 1983.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Robeck on May 28, 1949 in DePue.  She preceded him in death on January 30, 1976.  He was then united in marriage to Margaret Greenwell on July 15, 1978.  She preceded him in death on May 29, 2006.

Dick was honored to attend the Hy-Vee Honor Flight to Washington D.C. which he greatly enjoyed.  He was also presented with a Quilt of Valor in May of 2017 made and sewn by Mary Martin of Geneseo, Illinois.

Dick was an avid squirrel hunter from early childhood.  A gun show enthusiast, he enjoyed traveling with his best friend, Ron Martin of Geneseo to various events.

He enjoyed target shooting and participating in gun shows in Des Moines with his grandson, Ken.  His memberships included the Milan Rifle Club of Milan, Illinois and the American Legion Post 26 of Davenport, Iowa.

Those left to honor Dick’s memory include his son and daughter-in-law, Steve & Pam Ristau of Des Moines; and his grandson, Kenneth (Lori) Ristau of Johnston, Iowa.

The Ristau family would like to thank the staff of the Kennybrook Village in Grimes for providing an enjoyable and caring atmosphere for Dick.  Special gratitude is extended to the doctors and staff at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center for their professionalism and kindness.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home

644 River Dr, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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