evelyn_richardNEWHALL:     Evelyn M. (Bear) Richard, 87, of Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids, formerly of Newhall, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy following an extended illness.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 31, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be held at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, KS.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church in Newhall

Evelyn was born November 11, 1928 at Fayette, IA to Edgar F. and Ina (Deaton) Matthews and graduated from the Fayette High School in 1946.

She married Owen Bear in June of 1949 in Oelwein.  On April 27, 1970, Evelyn was united in marriage to Wallace F. Richard in Cedar Rapids.  Wallace preceded Evelyn in death in 1988.  Evelyn worked at Wilson’s, later Farmstead Foods in Cedar Rapids from 1968 until the plant closed.

Evelyn was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and listening to country music.  Her greatest joy was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Jan) Bear of Marion, Albert (Renee) Bear of Van Horne; two daughters, Becky (Doug) Franck of Fairfax and Vicki (Bob) Siek of Grand River, IA; 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Ralph Doubek and her brother Eugene Deaton

The family would like to thank Pastor Rempfer and Holly, St. John Tabitha Society, Garnett Place, Keystone Nursing Care Center and Hospice of Mercy for their loving care of Evelyn.

Condolences may be left at:  www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com