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Richard Leland Joslyn

Iowa City

Richard Leland Joslyn, 89, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence following a brief illness. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
Richard was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Leland and Margaret (Heiserman) Joslyn. He graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester, Iowa. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces and, after being honorably discharged, returned to Manchester where he worked as a meat cutter at Supervalu. Richard later went on to own and operate a family restaurant with his wife, Joyce Gerdes Joslyn, all while raising their children. They later divorced. He then married Kay Geary Joslyn, and the couple resided in Iowa City, where Richard worked at the Iowa Memorial Union as food service manager until retiring in the early '90s.
In 1994, Richard and Kay retired to Winter Haven, Fla. They were active members of the Nazarene Church. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and golfing. In his later years, he traded his golf clubs for a paddle and became an avid table tennis player.
Richard will be most remembered for his kindness, his quirky sense of humor and his optimistic outlook on life. He was a loving father and a proud grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family.
Survivors include five children, Vicki (Bill) Tyckoson of Eden Prairie, Minn., Jeffrey (Marti) Joslyn of North Liberty, Iowa, Jay (Corinne) Joslyn of Iowa City, Iowa, Cheryl Graham of North Liberty and Michelle (Alan) Ahrendsen of Anamosa, Iowa; two stepchildren, Mark (Tina) Geary of South Dakota and Marcia (John) Lehnherr of California; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Scheel of Manchester, Iowa.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his parents, Leland and Margaret; infant son, Richard, and his brother, Dave Joslyn.
In lieu of flowers, financial gifts can be made in Richard's name online or mailed to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital Fund, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550
Condolences may be left for Richard's family at www.lensingfuneral.com.