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Richard Prendergast

Cedar Rapids

Richard H. Prendergast,
84, of Cedar Rapids, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at home.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha, where friends may visit with the family after 9 a.m. The Rev. Mark Ressler will officiate. Iowa Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Mares (Chris) of Appleton, Wis., and Colleen Prendergast of Cedar Rapids; a son, Dan (Cindy) of Sycamore, Ill.; grandchildren, Colleen and Kevin Mares and Jonathan Taylor and Benji Prendergast; and brothers, Lyle of Lowell, Ind., and Mike (Tracy) of Pataskala, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; a son, Doug; and brothers, Jim, John and Pat.
Dick was born March 14, 1932, in Wolf Point, Mont., the son of Edward and Harriet Meyers Prendergast. He married Mary Schmal on Sept. 7, 1957, in Crown Point, Ind.
Dick served in the U.S. Navy after high school, followed by obtaining a degree in engineering from Purdue University. He started his career at Westinghouse and then moved his family to Iowa in 1968 to work for Amana Refrigeration, where he retired in 1992.
He was a cherished husband, father, relative and friend to many and will be dearly missed.
He enjoyed golfing and fishing in his active years and was known for telling a good joke. He was an all-around handy man, who put together indoor bleachers for Iowa bowl games, as well as an elaborate grow station for his wife, the gardener.
Memorial donations may be directed to Camp Courageous.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.iowacremation.com under obituaries.