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Richard Donald Hallett Sr.

April 13, 1925 - May 3, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Richard Donald Hallett Sr.

Richard Donald Hallett Sr.

Born: April 13, 1925
Died: May 3, 2020
Age: 95

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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. 

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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.


Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11:04 AM
“Sorry to hear of Dick Sr. passing.. my thoughts are with his crazy as it was doing business with Dick...I always had the utmost respect for the man...Gary Schlotfeldt”
- Gary Schlotfeldt
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 8:28 AM
“I was 17 years old when I first met Dick and Marge when their granddaughter invited me to Christmas at their home. I will never forget how welcoming and accepting their entire family was to me. I would look forward to talking to him every Christmas for the next 21 years about what he had planned next for the town he loved. Gonna miss you, but will never forget you. ”
- Dan Lowe
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 8:28 AM
“My condolences to the entire Hallett family. Though not related, had some wonderful talks with senior. I now even have a brother, I never thought could be possible. I just watched the video clips and all I can say is "WOW" what a great family. Love to all of you Sue Brennan ”
- Sue Brennan
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:51 PM
“It was such a pleasure visiting with Uncle Dick last summer and remembering past times spent together as a family. I have always admired Dick for his fortitude in starting several businesses, along with Marge. I vividly remember the cafe Dick and Marge opened on main street in Remsen, Iowa. On Sundays extended family would spend time at the cafe and this was often the highlight of my week. Last June when my brother Steve and I visited, I vividly recall Dick engaging in animated conversation with his children, wanting to pursue yet another building project in Spencer. At 94 years of age Dick still had vision and drive. I’m sure Dick will find a way in heaven to keep building. My condolences to my cousins and their extended families on the lost of their beloved father. Dana”
- Dana Schumacher
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1:46 PM
“Hallett family, Spencer lost a good man. I always enjoyed working with Dick and seeing him in church. My deepest sympathy.”
- Candi Whittenburg
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“To the entire Hallett Family: I have always enjoyed speaking with Dick when he stopped in the office. He was always upbeat and I found it easy to carry on a conversation. He impressed with his life experiences, from serving in WW II through his business endeavors. Thank you Kris and Jerry for letting interrupt your dinner at the Prime Rib last winter and sit down and chat for a while with Dick.
Mr. Hallett may you rest in peace and congratulations on life well lived.

- Mark White
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:23 PM
“Spent many a good time at the Hallett house while Mike baby sat the kids. Was always welcomed warmly. Did business with Mike and Mr. Hallett, always a pleasure.”
- John Holt
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Kris and family we sorry for your loss. We enjoyed seeing Dick and you out to eat at Cindy's. He was a good man and he'll be missed. God Bless you and your family. ”
- Greg Foote & Cindy Evans
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“We are sorry for your loss of Father. Your Dad was always fun to be around and had a smile for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike and Mary Monroe”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:01 PM
“Our sympathies to the Hallet family. Dick was such a pleasure to provide health care for, and always had some project he was working on. Spencer is a better place because of him!”
- Ken & Karen Hunziker
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:01 PM
“Sincere sympathy to all of you and your families.”
- Toni Corcoran
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:50 AM
“Craig, Junior, Mark and family so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking to Dick when we would see him at the Highlands when in Spencer. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. RIP”
- Don and Pam Nelson
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:50 AM
“My sincere condolence to the entire Hallett family. Dick was always very cordial to me back in the years when we were competitors in the real estate business. He was one of the good guys & will certainly be missed. Godspeed!”
- Chapman David R
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

I was so sad to hear about the loss of your father. Sending prayers your way. I know you have a lot of great memories of him — I hope they comfort you”
- Cherell Hallett
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:08 AM
“Remembering all of your family in our prayers. I bet Margie,Dick,Bernie& Amos are getting things all taken care of now that they have reunited.”
- Jeff Bohenkamp
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:16 AM
“Mark, Craig, Junior, and family. So sorry to see your Dad left us. Sat next to him at A funeral few years ago and he was sharp and agile as could be. RIP ”
- Reed Scott
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:16 AM
“You have my sincere condolences for the loss of your father . You are in my prayers .”
- Sally Gerdes Cole
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:33 PM
“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Hallett family. I knew your father for many years stop many times at his office to talk about life and about Spencer. I always like at dick has being a good older friend. To the Hallett family Your father will be missed. Cherish the memories like i will. Closing your father and i talk alot about his military career. I thank him for being part of the greatest generation world war 2. That is why we live in the greatest nation in the world may God be with you. God bless. ”
- Jerry menke.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“Richard Hallett”
- Bud and Mary Myers
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Lisa & the Entire Hallett Family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know this will leave a great void in your lives, but you have so many great memories. Love & Prayers ”
- Mike & Becky Wittrock
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Grandpa you will be deeply missed, the memories you created alongside Grandma for me will be forever cherished. Please give her a kiss for me and enjoy happy hour and a prime beef dinner after 5 pm mass.... LOVE YOU BOTH!
- Meghan Wildstein
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What a wonderful obituary for such a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. ”
- Jill (Culshaw) Longest
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:48 AM
“To the Hallett family - You have our deepest sympathy. May your parents rest in peace together.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 7:41 PM
“So very sorry for loss, he was very good to my family”
- Jennifer Botcher
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“to the entire Hallet family, you have my sympathy, I have known your dad since the 1960s when I worked at Spencer Lumber. never once in all these years did he not know who I was and would stop and visit. neat guy.
- nancy newgard
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“So sorry for your loss Kris and family. ”
- Sherri
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“may god and keep you and your family
- john kirschbaum
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“What wonderful neighbors Dick and Margie were when Don and I moved to Spencer. We hated to see him move away but I got a chance to visit with him around the holidays last winter. Deepest sympathies ~”
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“Hallett Family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dick Sr. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. I enjoyed getting to know him at the annual fish fry. He will be greatly missed. ”
- Connie Lundbeck
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM
“Kris an family so sorry to hear of your dads passing.Prayers to all of you ”
- Brad an Beth Blair
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you!
A friend and a supporter to lots of different organizations and people ! He was one of the good guys here in our community! He will be missed by many !
He will be missed by me !
RIP my friend!
- Rhonda
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM
“Thinking of you all. So sorry for your loss. Maggi told me so many good stories about him!”
- Abby Pepper
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM
“To the entire Hallett Family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dick Sr. He left quite the legacy and lived a long and very interesting life. You couldn't ask for much more. Hopefully all those great memories will carry you in the coming days. Take Care all, until we meet again.

R.I.P. Mr. Dick Hallett Sr.”
- Tony Lowe
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM
“Hugs sorry for your loss”
- Dorothy Brons
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:36 PM
“You have my sympathy. I enjoyed working with all the Hallett's in their Real Estate and developments”
- Marjorie L. Eeten
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“Dick Marge and family always treating me like like family we were family we are family and I I give condolences to all the family all the grandkids he will be missed here's a fun person to be around a good person”
- Billy Brennan
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“To all in the Hallett family my sympathy and prayers.
May you find comfort in each other and all the memories you shared.
It was an honor and privilege to have known him. A truly amazing man.
RIP Mr. Hallett.”
- Mari Lu Larson
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