December 10, 1940 - June 9, 2022
Richard William Dau, of rural Oakland, died at his home on Thursday, June 9, 2022. He was born on December 10, 1940. The third son of Detlef and Linda Krohn Dau. He was the 4th generation to live on the Dau homestead. He had two brothers, Donald and Merlin. Richard graduated from Minden High School in 1959 and attended Iowa State University. He farmed with his father and brother Merlin. Richard served in the U.S. Army from September 1963 until June 1965. He returned home to farm again with his family. On June 13, 1964, Richard married Vivian Chipman of Shelby. They were the parents of three sons: Rick, Mike and Jeff. Richard loved the outdoors. He liked fishing, especially the trips with family and friends to Ottertail Lake, Minnesota. He bowled with the Pingel bowling team in Minden for 40 years. Richard and his family were members of the UCC Church in Minden. He served on the church board for many years including 15 years as a treasurer. He and Vivian participated in 11 mission trips with Intercambio Cultural Maya, an ecumenical service for Mayan villages in Mexico. They also hosted Nicaraguan young men and women who were students at IWCC. He worked as a tax preparer for Dickinson and Clark in Council Bluffs. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Detlef (Ted) Dau and Linda Dau Schnepel; stepfather Gifford Schnepel; brothers Donald and Merlin. He is survived by his widow Vivian Dau of Oakland, Iowa; sons Rick Dau of Omaha, Nebraska; Mike Dau of Huxley, Iowa; Jeff (Erin) Dau of Omaha, Nebraska; 2 grandchildren: Grant and Lauren Dau both of Omaha, Nebraska; step-granddaughter Noelle (Jeremy) Roxburgh of Omaha, Nebraska; sisters-in-law Lois Dau of Osceola, Iowa; Delores Dau of Rural Oakland, Iowa; Mary Chipman of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law Galen (Anita) Chipman of Waukee, Iowa; other family and many, many friends.
Richard William Dau, of rural Oakland, died at his home on Thursday, June 9, 2022. He was born on December 10, 1940. The third son of Detlef and Linda Krohn Dau. He was the 4th generation to live on the Dau homestead. He had two brothers, Donald... View Obituary & Service Information
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