Richard Lee Tenley, 84, of Mechanicsville, died peacefully in his home, with family at his bedside, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm, Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with Rev. Ronald Lashmit officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Oak Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 11:30 until 12:30 before services. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
A memorial fund has been created in Richard’s name. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Pam St. John, 207 S. Walnut St., Stanwood, IA 52337.
One of twelve children, Richard was born to Howard and Mildred (Horne) Tenley, on Sunday, May 16, 1937 in Anamosa, IA. Richard graduated from Stanwood High School with the Class of 1956. On October 17, 1956, Richard was united in marriage to Leora Mae Wagner in Durant, Iowa. Richard was born to be a farmer; which is where he spent his whole life, planting corn and beans and milking cows and raising animals. Together, Leora and Richard raised their children on the family farm, the same home where he drew his last breath.
Richard is survived by his four children, Cathy (Larry) Boesenberg of Brooklyn, Iowa, Pamela (Mike) St. John of Stanwood, Iowa, Dennis (Debra) Tenley of Stanwood, Iowa and Brian (Nicole) Tenley of Olin, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Wagner of Stanwood, Iowa, Mary (James) Clark of Tipton, Iowa, Linda Walshire of Kansas, and Wanda (Gordon) Farrington of Mechanicsville, Iowa; brothers, John (Karen) Tenley of Stanwood, Iowa and Dale (Donna) Tenley of Toronto, Iowa.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leora (July 27, 2007); grandson, Brady Tenley; brothers, Dean Tenley, Roger Tenley and Steven Tenley; and sisters, Martha Becker and Della Tenley.
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