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Richard DeLarm

Richard A. DeLarm, 91, of Onslow, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 2, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Richard’s life was held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020, at East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. A public visitation took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Social distancing guidelines were followed at both locations.

Richard Arlen DeLarm was born on Aug. 27, 1928, in Jackson County, Iowa, to Willis Lyman and Ruby Mae (Taylor) DeLarm. He married Delores I. Tracy at the Tracy Family Farm in Baldwin, Iowa, on March 20, 1957. To this union three children were born, Bret, Diane and Patty.

Richard was a lifelong farmer. He first farmed north of Monmouth for 20 years, and for the past 42 years west of Canton.

Richard enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening and raising watermelons and muskmelons. He was a conservationist who had great care and concern for the trees and flowers and believed you should leave things better than the way you found them.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Delores DeLarm of Onslow, IA; children, Bret (April) DeLarm of Wyoming, IA, Diane (Matt) Schaeffer of Wellman, IA, and Patty (Brian) Podhaski of Wyoming, IA; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Lovely of Maquoketa, IA, and Judy Ray of Bettendorf, IA; sisters-in-law, Phyllis DeLarm and Janet DeLarm; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers Raymond (Ruth), David, Carl, Charles (Brenda) and Donald (Gertrud), and a brother-in-law Dick Ray.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of condolence or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at