Leonard J. Rickelman

Written by Theresa Rose on September 1, 2015

Leonard J. Rickelman, 90, of West Point, Iowa passed away at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Born March 11, 1925 in West Point, Iowa the son of George and Anna (Helling) Rickelman. On April 26, 1952 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Houghton he married Bernice Menke.

Survivors include his wife Bernice of West Point, one son Ed (Debbie) Rickelman of Verona, Wisconsin; five daughters: Kathy (Gary) Poetting of Des Moines, Iowa, Debbie (Randy) Smith of Topeka, Kansas, Joan (Scott) Coen of Johnston, Iowa, Mary Jo Blumer of Ankeny, Iowa and Nancy (Robert) Fowler of Fort Madison. Nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. They hosted a foreign exchange student Veronica Albuja of Quito, Ecuador. Also surviving are one brother Norbert (Jean) Rickelman of Fort Madison, Iowa, two sisters: Rose Ann Strunk of Peppin, Wisconsin and Martha Kurka of Fairfield, Iowa. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, one brother and one sister.

Leonard was a member of St Mary of Assumption Catholic Church in West Point and the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 of West Point. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the 340th Construction Company in Korea. Leonard was a lifelong farmer. Following his retirement in 1997 he enjoyed gardening and taking care of the yard. He and Bernice canned and froze the produce from their garden and gave it to their family. Leonard enjoyed watching car races and his dogs.

Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point. There will be a Parish Rosary recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Fr. Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.

Burial with full military rites by the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 will be in Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Schools or the West Point American Legion.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com.

Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.