Earnest Richard (Dick) Outhouse, 96, of Creston, passed away Saturday, December 21 at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center. The memorial service celebrating Dick’s life will be held Saturday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Creston with family visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Southwestern Community College Student Nurses Scholarship Fund.
Dick was born May 28, 1917, at home in Lamoni, IA, to Earnest R. and Olive Agnes Hoffman Outhouse. He began his schooling in a one-room country school, graduated from Lamoni High School and attended Graceland College and the University of Iowa. Dick was a talented athlete who participated in football, basketball and track. He also enjoyed horseshoes and competed with his father in tournaments at the state fair.
Dick married Ruth Elinor Gamet in Creston on March 17, 1940. They met while both were employed at Hy-Vee Food Store, then called The Supply Store. Together they raised five children, Richard, Bill, Diane, Chris and Todd. Ruth passed away on December 13, 2006.
Dick was inducted into the United States Navy in November, 1943, and served as Mailman, Second Class, aboard the USS Henry T. Allen conducting operations in the South Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged on February 12, 1946. After the war, Dick entered service with the United States Post Office. For over twenty-eight years he worked at the Creston Post Office, advancing from temporary clerk-carrier, to permanent carrier, to clerk, and then to foreman of mails until his appointments to superintendent of mails on August 7, 1971, the position he held until his retirement on July 3, 1976.
Dick was an active member of the community for many years, serving on the Veterans Board, delivering meals on wheels, working as a volunteer for Innovative Industries, receiving their Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1992, and was an active member of Kiwanis, who honored him as a member of more than twenty-seven years with the Tablet of Honor in 2000.
Dick was a lifelong fan of the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes and was an avid golfer well into his 80’s, making his one and only hole in one in June, 1978. Deeply committed to his faith, Dick was an Elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; most recently the Restoration Branch in Decatur, IA, where he was an active and valued member.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph and Earl; sister Alice Noftsger; and his wife Ruth.
He is survived by his five children, Richard Otis (Carolyn) of Iowa City; Bill Outhouse (Sharon) of Bentonville, AR; Diane Orwan (Dennis) of Lorimor; Chris Outlund (Haida) of Ukiah, CA; and Todd Outhouse (Jeff Taylor) of San Mateo, CA; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.