Richard L. Cigrand

Posted November 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm


Feb. 19, 1932 – Nov. 16, 2011

Richard L. Cigrand, 79, of Monticello, Iowa, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade.

Friends called from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, where a private family funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Officiating was Rev. Keith Birch. Military honors were accorded by the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Army Honors Detail.

Richard was born Feb. 19, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Louise (Streuser) Cigrand. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 1953 – Dec. 1954. Richard married Karen Elaine Harms on May 14, 1959 in Monticello, Iowa. He was a 32-year employee at John Deere Dubuque Works and a member of the United Auto Workers local 94. Dick was an active Cub Scout Leader for several years, taking charge of the annual candy sales, was a former member of the Monticello Park Board, and was an active “behind the scenes” volunteer. He was an excellent cook who would bring meals to neighbors and friends in need.

Classical music, visiting with family and friends in the gazebo and enjoying ice cream were some of his favorite pastimes. He also had a keen interest in genealogy, which led to him hosting cousins from Luxembourg.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; sons: Tracy (Jill) Cigrand and Mark (Dawnette) Cigrand, both of Monticello, and Brian (Wendi) Cigrand of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Angela (Ryan) Emmert of Bellbrook, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Andy) Carter of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey; an infant granddaughter, Casey Emmert; 11 brothers and sisters: Arnold “Bud” Cigrand, James Cigrand, Fr. Nicholas Cigrand, Lou Kline, Jean Ann Cigrand, Carl Cigrand, Marian Cigrand, Mary Margaret Menster, Mildred Otting, LaVerne Grogan, and Rita Livingood; and two sisters-in-law: Donna Summers and Janice Brieholz.

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