Rich Liekhus, 58, of Wakefield, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 in an automobile accident near Wayne
Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church of Wakefield. Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Christian Church of Wakefield with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield.
Memorials may be directed to the Liekhus family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Richard Henry Liekhus was born March 6, 1961 to Gregor H. and Margaret R. (Wlaschin) Liekhus in Albion. He was the seventh of seven children. He lived on a farm northeast of Albion, then another farm northeast of Cedar Rapids. When his parents retired, they moved into town in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1979. After graduation he attended Peru State College and then worked at Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville. He met and married Amelia Watson in 1984 at Liberty, Mo. To this union was born a daughter, Tiffany Nicole. They later divorced. After working at IBP and MCI, he went to work at Great Dane Trailers in Wayne where he worked for over 25 years. He married Eleanor Ruth Nelson on March 11, 2000 and became step-father to her four children. He loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Fliers and most joyfully loved his six grandchildren, but his greatest love was his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; children, Joseph and Emily (Willer) Nelson, Loretta Nelson, Tiffany (and husband Matthew) Hull, Titus Nelson and Victoria Nelson; six grandchildren, Naomi, Aiden, Gideon, Reagan, Ellie and Lydia (children of Joseph and Emily); siblings, Paul (Elaine) Liekhus of Rising City, Regina Long of Norfolk, Daniel Liekhus of Omaha, Albert (Mary Beth) Liekhus of Minneapolis, Minn., Carroll (Tracy) Liekhus of Erie, Colo., and Francis (Nancy) Liekhus of Oak Harbor, Wash; father-in-law, John Nelson of Emerson; many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law, Alan Long, and Tore Nelson (Christy Fischer); and mother-in-law, Rose (Bloomfield) Nelson.