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“Mr. Haeussler was as fine a gentleman as I have ever known. I enjoyed many long discussions with him over the years. His message was always a...Read More »
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Richard Fredrick Haeussler, age 80, of Albia, passed away January 6, 2016 at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella.

Richard was born June 22, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York to Andrew and Helen (Johnson) Haeussler. He grew up and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He then went on to get his Bachelors Degree in Marine Engineering at Fort Schuyler and following that he got his Masters in Business at Rutgers University. Richard served his country in the United States Navy. Richard married Nell Lamb on March 30, 1963 in Mobile, Alabama. To this union 3 children were born, David, Nancy, and Amy. They shared almost 53 years of marriage before Richards passing.

Richard worked for the Worthington Corporation as a project manager and worked for Combustion Engineering as a business manager. Later he worked for Shell Oil Company as a procurement manager purchasing materials to build refineries until he retired in 2000. Richard was a member of the Pioneer Cemetery Board and the Albia Library Board. He volunteered his time with many different church councils. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, reading, wood working and had a love for animals.

Richard is survived by his wife Nell of Albia; his children, David (Noushi) Haeussler of Raleigh, North Carolina, Nancy (Craig) Hendel of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Amy (James) Cavallo of Mason, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Eric, Kayla, Benjamin, Nicholas, Caroline, Matthew, Courtney, and Tyler. Richard is also survived by a sister, Barbara Stickel; a niece, Susan Richardson; and a nephew, Steven Stickel, all of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Helen.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia; with Pastor Neil Montz officiating, with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia, and Melrose. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016, at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Richard's family present from 6-8 p.m.

A memorial has been established to Trinity United Methodist Church located at 1117 Benton Avenue East, Albia, 52531.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.