Richard Bredekamp

Richard Bredekamp

One of the greatest hearts that ever beat has stilled…

Richard Emil Bredekamp, 64, of Spragueville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Preston. Burial will take place in Spragueville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston and also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. 

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Richard was born May 28, 1954, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the son of Emil and Margaret (Wildfang) Bredekamp. He attended North Bend/Fairfield #2 Country School until 1966, then attended Preston Community Schools graduating from Preston High School with the Class of 1972. On Oct. 6, 1973, Richard married Sara Long. Together they celebrated 30 years of marriage and raised two sons.

Richard worked for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and drove truck for Campbell’s Trucking and for several other individuals. He also worked for Ardo Schmidt Construction and was the head bartender for Ryno’s in Goose Lake, Iowa. 

He worked many long hours for various farms including, Hartung, Holdgrafer, Beck and Blanchard farms, to name a few. Richard also worked the pit shack at the Jackson County Speedway. He was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville and supported the North Bend Community Center Association. He enjoyed NASCAR and anything with motors and wheels, and music — especially the Beach Boys.

Richard will be dearly missed by his two sons, Ryan Bredekamp of Clinton, Iowa, and Corey (Tracy) Bredekamp of Goose Lake; seven grandchildren, Orion (Jordan), Keenan, Dylan, Brooke, Breanna, Dallas, and Kyzer; one great-granddaughter, Milena Grace; three siblings, Brian (Debbie) Bredekamp of Spragueville, Caroline Bredekamp of Spragueville, and Kenneth Bredekamp of Preston; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Richard is preceded in death by both parents and his grandparents.