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Richard Wayne Tarlton

Posted May 07, 2013 in Clive, Obituaries

April 6, 1932 – May 5, 2013

Dick Tarlton

Dick Tarlton

Richard W. “Dick” Tarlton, 81, passed away on May 5, surrounded by family after fighting cancer for 15 years. Born at the old Lutheran Maternity Hospital in Des Moines in 1932, he was one of the last babies delivered there. Living in Johnston the first 21 years of his life, he attended Johnston Consolidated School all 13 years (1950 grad) and couldn’t be prouder. He was a member of the Iowa National Guard from 1949 to 1958.

After chasing a petite gal from Grimes five or six years, Beverly Wiles became a Tarlton in 1953. Son Randall in 1954 and daughter Lynn in 1956 filled out the roster before a move to Adel for 45 years where he owned Dick’s 66 for 20+ years, sold insurance and real estate and was a member of the Adel Christian Church. Retirement came with a short hop to Clive for the remaining ten years.

After his first treatment for cancer in 1998, he volunteered at Methodist Hospital for twelve years. Dick was active in several historical societies and enjoyed working outdoors at the old homestead in Johnston, which has been in the family since 1925. He loved watching his kids and grandsons play sports and helping them with their many activities.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Beverly, son Randy (Bobbi) and daughter Lynn, grandsons Brian (Tracy) and Brett (Annamaria), step-grandchildren Adam (Alicia) Olson and Angela Holmes, great-grandsons Devyn and Shane, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ron and Karen Roth and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father, John P. Tarlton, step-father Ernie Beck and mother Josephine Tarlton Beck, his sister Jacqueline Hopkins, brother-in-law Melvin Wiles, Jr., niece Pamela Hopkins Wolfe, and parents-in-law Melvin and Eunice Wiles, Sr.

Dick was a great son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He met a lot of nice people along the way and mentored many young kids who have gone on to be very successful in life. A special thank you to the many doctors, especially Dr. Tom Buroker, and staff members who gave him 15 extra years to spend with his family. God bless the “angels” at Mercy Hospice in Johnston who gave such loving care for his final journey home. The family greatly appreciates it.

Per Dick’s request, a private family gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Online condolences may be shared at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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