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Richard Gensler Creston

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT

Richard Lynn Boham was born 10-02-1953 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Lois Marie Boham. It was at that time that he assumed his adopted name of Gensler, becoming the only child of the Earl Gensler Family.

Richard lived in Rapid City and attended school there, and later the College of Mines. He left Rapid City in his twenties and traveled with Road Construction, last settling in Lorenz, IA. Physique explained his nickname of “Bear.” Though never married nor having children, he focused on his love and ambition of nature, including fly fishing and hunting.

With our acquaintance in 2000, we met a man of strong intellect, with a vocabulary hard to follow yet conversation to keep interest as we learned his interpretation of the life he had left behind in South Dakota and why. The circumstances once separating him were no match for the love which found him and ultimately united us.

His health spiraled downward a year later and although his fight was personal, he fought with grace and dignity until his demise. He resided In Leon, Afton & Regency Apartments in Creston, IA, before spending his last three years as part of the family of West Bridge Rehab & Care in Winterset, IA.

Richard earned his wings on March 23, 2014 at the Madison County Hospital and he was welcomed to Heaven by his birth mother, Lois Marie Boham Kibbe, Aunts Joyce O’Neall and Dena Lamb, niece Jennifer Groves and various birth relatives.

His memory will long be cherished by surviving siblings Robert Kibbe Jr. & Sherry of Tingley, IA, Debbie Shields & Billy of Diagonal, IA, Dianna Baldwin of Creston, IA, Deanna Groves & John of Thayer, IA, & Dena Campbell & Dan of Grant City, MO, Aunt Darlene Cottrell of Creston, IA, nieces, nephews, cousins and all those who knew and shared his life before and after 2000.

Also preceding him in death was his adoptive family of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Graveside services by immediate family were held at Graceland Cemetery in Creston, IA with Powers Funeral Home officiating.

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