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Roger Louis "Rick" Wacha Sr.

February 3, 2020
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Roger Louis "Rick" Wacha Sr., 89, of Toledo, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Grandview Heights Rehab and Healthcare Center in Marshalltown under the care of Hospice of the Midwest. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Bernard Grady and Deacon Joe Behounek officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.

Roger was born on February 10, 1930, on the family farm east of Toledo, Iowa, the son of James Louis and Mary (Ribby) Wacha.

He graduated from Toledo High School in 1948.

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Roger Louis 'Rick' Wacha Sr.

On April 4, 1959. he was united in marriage to Joann K. Chyma at St. Patrick's Rectory in Tama. Rick farmed and lived on the family farm all his life except when he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean Conflict. One year was spent in Tokyo, Japan in the Military Police. After retirement, he enjoyed shooting the breeze with the other farmers at the local elevator and farm supply store, stopping at the Toledo Farmers Market for kolaches, and catching the Polka bands, especially Barefoot Becky! Rick was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama, Toledo American Legion and the Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Joann of Toledo; his three children, Roger Lynn (Joanne) Wacha of Toledo, Gregg (Deb) Wacha of Tama, and Cheryl Wacha (Dale Kreiss) of Toledo; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and another due in June, Tony Wacha (Steph Aldrich) - Rider and Austin, Brian (Kaiyla) Wacha - Brinley, Karsen and Baby #3, Derek Wacha, and Ashton Wacha (Tyler Cizek) - Quinnlyn; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; five sisters, Evelyn Bidwell, Marie Wacha, Lucille Jacobsen, Genevieve Iezek and Bernice Higginbotham; and one brother, James Wacha.

A memorial fund will be established.



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