Richard Honomichl

Richard Honomichl

Richard John Honomichl was born Feb. 10, 1941 in Wagner, SD, the son of Frank and Mary (Soukup) Honomichl.

He was raised on the family farm in Wagner. Following high school graduation, he served in the National Guard. For most of his working years, Richard was a crane and dredge operator and farmed part time. He worked in many states and Australia prior to retirement. On Nov. 20, 1982 Richard was united in marriage to Suzette Bauder in Elk Point. The couple moved to Hartford, IA and later to Pleasantville, IA. During this time, Richard served as an instructor for crane and dredge operators at a school in Indianola, IA.

In his spare time, Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing but his true love was collecting and restoring antique tractors. In his younger years, he also owned his own plane and had his pilot’s license.

Richard passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 80 years with his sister, Shirley Smith, at his side.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Suzette; and siblings, Betty Carda, Frances Williams, Ben K., Donald F. and Norman G. Honomichl.

Those left to honor Richard’s memory include his children, Brian (Leesa) Honomichl of North Carolina, Jason Vrba of Indianola and Whittney Conners; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Mason Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pleasantville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasantville Church of Christ or to the Blakesburg United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at