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Raymond Lerch

June 12, 1914 July 17, 2008
Raymond Lerch
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Obituary for Raymond Lerch

Raymond Lerch, 94, died peacefully at his home Thursday, July 17, 2008, following a lengthy illness.  He’d been a lifelong resident of Vinton and the surrounding area.
    Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, July 21, 2008, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 PM Sunday, July 20, also at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. 
    Raymond was born June 12, 1914, in Greenfield Township in Jones County, Iowa, the son of Carl Fredric Albert and Elizabeth Hamer Lerch.   
    On October 20, 1938, Raymond was united in marriage with Darlene Willmott at her parents’ farmhouse in Linn County near Prairieburg.
    Raymond greatly enjoyed his work as a farmer in Benton County.  He enjoyed working with his livestock, horses and being outdoors.  He retired 25 years ago.
    Raymond is survived by his wife of 69 years, Darlene, of Vinton; three sons: Garold (Barb) Lerch of Norway, Fred (Ellie) Lerch and Marvin (Marcia) Lerch of Vinton; two daughters: Carol Behrle of Tipton and Connie Ballard of Vinton; 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren (plus two on the way), and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Lerch; one granddaughter, one grandson and 8 brothers and sisters.
    Memorials may be directed to Amenity Hospice, 610 32nd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.


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