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Richard Donald Hallett Sr.

April 13, 1925 — May 3, 2020


Richard “Dick” Donald Hallett Sr., son of Winnifred Hallett and Lillie (McShane) Hallett was born, April 13, 1925 in Artesian, South Dakota where he spent his early years. Later he moved to Sioux City with his mother, where he graduated from Central High School. 

     Richard was drafted into the service and was to leave for deployment immediately, but chose to enlist in the Army Air Corp., to allow him to graduate with his class that June.  Although not talking about it until later years, he was very proud of his service in WWII.  He flew in a B26 Marauder as a radio gunner and fought in 33 missions over Germany.

     Richard married Margie Mae Nothem on January 29, 1947 at the Cathedral in Sioux City.  He attended college through the GI Bill.  After receiving his education, he and Margie moved to her hometown of Remsen Iowa and opened “Dick’s Café”.  They both worked and resided in the café while building their first home, later starting an insurance business.  They remained in Remsen until 1960 when Richard moved his family and business to Spencer. 

     He had many accomplishments during his lifetime. With Margie at his side, he sold insurance and real estate for over 50 years, he built several affordable housing properties in several towns around Iowa, developed many acres of land throughout Spencer building homes too numerous to count, building his last spec home at age 90. 

Over the years he enjoyed golfing, the lake, boating, playing cards, traveling all over the world with Margie and dancing, but he especially loved spending time with family. 

     He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Margie Mae, son Michael, daughter-in-law Sheri, two brothers Lloyd and Gerald and his only sister Eleanor. 

     Left to cherish his memory are his children, Patricia (Russell) Valentine, Naples FL.,  Mark (Sue) Hallett, Spencer, Craig (Nancy) Hallett, Shakopee, MN, Dick Hallett Jr., Spencer, Kris (Jerry) Illg, Spencer, Lisa (Brad) Baxter, Scottsdale, AZ., 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with #21 on the way. 

Due to State and Federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Private Family Services will be held at Warner Chapel in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 of Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Todd Hallett
Corey Hallett
Tony Hallett
Russell Valentine
Jerry Illg
Brad Baxter
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1
Spencer, Iowa.
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