Richard Workman


Richard Alan Workman, 75 of Keosauqua passed away peacefully in Keosauqua on June 25, 2023. Richard, known for his humor, intelligence, and interesting character, was born on November 25, 1947, in Fairfield, Iowa.

Richard graduated from Van Buren High School in 1966, setting the foundation for a life of dedication and service. His commitment to his country was evident when he joined the army in 1968, serving as a crew chief on a Cobra Combat Gun Ship helicopter in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. After bravely serving his country, Richard returned home and embarked on a career with the Iowa Department of Transportation for six years.

In the heart of rural Iowa, Richard found his true calling as a farmer when he moved to Keosauqua. He was a hardworking and knowledgeable farmer, focusing on row crop farming in his later years until his passing. Richard’s strong work ethic was a testament to his character, even semi-retiring from farming in 2021 by selling out of cattle but still staying involved in agriculture.

Married to Karen Phillips Workman since June 23, 1968, Richard was a devoted family man. He was a loving father to his daughters, Denise Riley (Douglas) of Fort Worth, TX, and Richelle Workman (Lupe Torres) of Uvalde, TX. His grandchildren, Tyler Runyon, Thayne Runyon (Madyson), Dane Riley, and Dillion Riley, brought immense joy to his life.

Richard was a man of many interests. As a member of the Elvin E-Cecil Post No. 147 American Legion in Stockport, Vietnam Veterans’ Association, National 4th Infantry, Good Guys Car Club, Massey Harris Association, Association of Iowa Fairs and the Tennessee Walker Horse Association, he was always actively involved in his community. His commitment to his community extended to his service on the Van Buren County Fair Board for over 20 years.  A man of diverse hobbies, Richard had a keen eye for collecting. His collection ranged from model trains and Mopar cars to Massey Harris Tractors and Old Iron Equipment. He enjoyed swap meets, always on the lookout for a good deal. Despite his stubbornness at times, Richard was known for his humor and his wealth of knowledge, both of which he generously shared with those around him.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, R.A. and Sarah Arlene Roberts Workman. He also leaves behind several cousins, who will miss his presence and cherish his memory.

Richard’s life was a testament to his strength, resilience, and dedication. He was a pillar of his community, a loving family man, and a loyal friend. His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His passing is a great loss, but his memory will forever be a source of inspiration and strength to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Richard Alan Workman, a life well-lived, will be deeply missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday July 2, 2023 with Larry Shipley officiating at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua. Military Honors by the Elvin E-Cecil Post No. 147 American Legion, Stockport will follow the service at the funeral home.  In accordance with Richard’s wishes his body will be cremated following the service.  Visitation with family will be from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday July 1, 2023 at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua.  Memorials in Richards honor to Morris Park or Elvin E-Cecil Post No. 147 American Legion may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 18289 Hwy 1, Keosauqua, IA 52565.  Friends may leave online condolences and view the live stream of the service at

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