February 22, 1954 – August 23, 2013
Dick A. Layman, 59, died suddenly Friday, August 23, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Oakwood United Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Dick was born February 22, 1954 in Jefferson, IA to Elizabeth (Winebrinner) & Clyde Layman. He graduated from Pomeroy High School and went to Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. His broadcasting career began with KFNF Radio in Shenandoah, IA. He then worked for KBCM and KWSL Radio in Sioux City, until 1976 when he became the News Director for KSO Radio in Des Moines. In 1987 the family moved to Nashville where Dick worked at WSM – the Grand Ole Opry Station. In 1998 he returned to Des Moines as the morning news anchor for WHO Radio and also worked for the Iowa News Service. Dick loved his career, and felt he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed the job so much. In addition to his broadcasting, for thirteen years Dick enjoyed Story Telling at the Iowa State Fair with his brother Clayton. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Story Teller’s Festival in Story City, IA.
Survivors include his wife, Janet of Pleasant Hill; daughter, Meredith of Pleasant Hill; brothers: Clayton (Linda) Layman and Jerry (Sherry) Layman both of Rockwell City. Dick was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends 5-8:00 pm, Monday, August 26, 2013 at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Des Moines. Online condolences may be made at www.IlesCares.com.
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