May 12, 1924 – July 16, 2013
Richard “Dick” E. Hearn, 89, died in his sleep on July 16, 2013, in Des Moines. Dick was born in Des Moines on May 12, 1924, to Marguerite Rosallia Senn Hearn and Edward Hugh Hearn. He married Bernice Heese Hearn on November 17, 1942, in Earling, Iowa.
Dick was a pitcher for Dowling High School, leading it to its first appearance in the state tournament in 1941, the first year private schools were allowed to participate. He was recruited as a pitcher by the Cleveland Indians but went to work at the Ankeny ordinance plant instead. While a U.S. Navy electrician’s mate on the Destroyer USS Harding during World War II he served during convoy escort duty (against German U-Boats) in the North Atlantic, at the Torch Landings in North Africa, D-Day invasion of France, and the Battle of Okinawa. (He always claimed he’d rather out swim the enemy, than out run ’em).
Dick worked as a self-employed manufacturer’s commercial/industrial lighting representative. He was a member of the Visitation Parish Council and Board of Education, the Holy Name Society and Union Park Little League as a founder and youth baseball coach. He was past president of the Dowling Club, a member of the Dowling Athletic Hall of Fame and a greeter at Dowling for years. He enjoyed hunting (geese, ducks, deer, moose, pheasants – you name it) and fishing (walleye, northerns, catfish and the like) from Iowa to Canada.
Dick enjoyed writing cards and poetry, especially for his wife. He was a good father and husband. He was gentle, a gentleman, and approached all things with a grand sense of humor, even to his last days.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, on February 1. 2013. He is survived by sons, John “Jack” Hearn and David (Deb) Hearn; a daughter, Julie (Perry) Kist; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara Boatwright and Marilyn (Kenny) Ludwig.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18 followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dowling Catholic High School or HCI Hospice Care Services.
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